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Collector finds Galileo’s lost tooth, thumb and finger

An Italian art collector has found a tooth, thumb and finger which belonged to Galileo Galilei who died in the 17th century. The body parts, along with another finger and a vertebrae, were cut from Galileo's corpse by scientists and historians during a burial ceremony held 95 years after his death

Why do we call Galileo Galilei by his first name?

Slate answers an interesting question: Why do we always refer to Galileo Galilei by his first name? Because that's how he referred to himself. At the time of Galileo's birth in 1564, surnames were optional in Italy. In daily interactions, an Italian would use the name his parents gave him at