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Galileo: Two New Sciences, including Centers of Gravity & Force of… (original 1638; edition 1974)

by Stillman (trans). Drake

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Title:Galileo: Two New Sciences, including Centers of Gravity & Force of Percussion.
Authors:Stillman (trans). Drake
Info:University of Wisconsin Press (1974), Hardback
Collections:Your library
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Tags:Galileo, history of science, philosophy

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Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences by Galileo Galilei (1638)

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The best translation of this classic. ( )
  hcubic | Jan 27, 2013 |
Lots of proofs. Pretty tough reading.
  IowaLawyer | May 16, 2011 |
The classic work in which Galileo lays out his vision of the solar system, presenting evidence in support of the Copernican system, the views we now accept. For his troubles, Galileo was hauled before the Inquisition and placed on house arrest for the remainder of his life. The prose becomes a little dense at times, but with a bit of scientific knowledge, it's possible to grasp the basic concepts. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Apr 16, 2011 |
One of the foundational works of modern science, the text speaks for itself in its lucidity and its grounding in method. I review it to address a criticism leveled at this book by reviewers, particularly at Amazon.

Some have concluded that the publisher has made an error, and that the original intent was to present Galileo's original paper on heliocentrism and Copernicus, "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World systems: Ptolemaic and Copernican". As the texts herein are Galileo's works on accelerated motion, the conclusion is drawn that a major mistake was made.

I believe this perception is based on marketing that associates the series with Copernicus' discoveries in particular.

The fact is that this book is part of a series, the arc of which is to present the current model of the physical world from Copernicus' discovery of the heliocentric solar system to Einstein's revelation that space and time are warped or displaced by mass and energy. Reviewers mistakenly believed that this Galilean text was intended to stand in support of Copernicus' discovery. In fact, this text is meant to show the development of the laws of motion, and is merely part of the overall series. Hawking's introduction recognizes this correctly, in contradiction to the misunderstanding of Amazon reviewers.

Those interested in the origins of modern science, the history of science, physics, or intellectual history may well wish to read through this gem.
2 vote stellarexplorer | Sep 6, 2008 |
This is the single best book on physics I have ever read. Its clarity of thought and breadth of subject are unmatched. If you have ever wanted to know why some materials float in water while others sink, why objects fall at a speed independent of their mass but why feathers fall slower than stones, or
how to convince a guy you met in a bar that air does have weight (and how to measure it), read this book. ( )
1 vote dominus | Jul 31, 2006 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Galileo Galileiprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crew, HenryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Salvio, AlfonsoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Drake, StillmanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawking, Stephen W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486600998, Paperback)

As enjoyable as it is important, this classic encompasses 30 years of highly original experiments and theories. Its lively, readable expositions discuss dynamics, elasticity, sound, strength of materials, more. 126 diagrams.

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