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From Archimedean Hydrostatics to Post-Aristotelian Mechanics: Galileo’s Early Manuscripts De motu antiquiora (ca. 1590) (2017)


Galileo’s early inquiries on motion and free fall in Pisa (1588–1592) can be regarded as a case study of multiple knowledge transfer at the very basic roots of modern mechanics. The treatise De motu, unpublished until 1890, is an original but unsuccessful attempt to go beyond Aristotelian physics by extending Archimedean hydrostatics to the dynamics of natural motion and reappraising the late-medieval impetus theory to account for violent motion and acceleration. I will discuss in particular why Galileo was forced to abandon his project before moving to Padua and how the manuscripts De motu provided him with a “research agenda” for further theoretical and experimental investigation.

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Authors & Contributors
Roux, Sophie
Settle, Thomas B.
Naylor, Ron
Elazar, Michael
Festa, Egidio
Valleriani, Matteo
Galilæana: Journal of Galilean Studies
British Journal for the History of Science
Science in Context
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Science and Education
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Motion (physical)
Momentum; inertia (mechanics)
Galilei, Galileo
Benedetti, Giovanni Battista
Guevara, Giovanni de
Newton, Isaac
Kepler, Johannes
Fabri, Honoré
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
Early modern
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Royal Society of London

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