Swinging and Rolling

Unveiling Galileo's unorthodox path from a challenging problem to a new science

  • Jochen Büttner

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 335)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jochen Büttner
    Pages 1-22
  3. Novel Insights About Accelerated Motion: The Challenge of Swinging and Rolling

  4. Novel Insights and Old Concepts: From Exploration to Formalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Jochen Büttner
      Pages 369-458
    3. Jochen Büttner
      Pages 459-470
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 471-472

About this book


This volume explores the reorginisation of knowledge taking place in the course of Galileo's research process extending over a period of more than thirty years, pursued within a network of exchanges with his contemporaries, and documented by a vast collection of research notes. It has revealed the challenging objects that motivated and shaped Galileo's thinking and closely followed the knowledge reorganization engendered by theses challenges. It has thus turned out, for example, that the problem of reducing the properties of pendulum motion to the laws governing naturally accelerated motion on inclined planes was the mainspring for the formation of Galileo's comprehensive theory of naturally accelerated motion.


Broken Chord Galileo Accelerated motion Inclined planes Pendulum Plane Law of Chords Concept of velocity The mechanical method

Authors and affiliations

  • Jochen Büttner
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany

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