Ensnared in Circles: Galileo and the Law of Projectile Motion
KeywordsCircular Motion Binocular Rivalry Projectile Motion Scientific Biography Aristotelian Physic
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- The law of projectile motion is presented in Galileo Galilei, Two New Sciences, trans. Still-man Drake (Toronto: Wall and Thompson, 1989), pp.147–148, 217–218, and 221–225. Stillman Drake and James MacLachlan, “Galileo’s Discovery of the Parabolic Trajectory,” Scientific American, 232 (March, 1975), pp. 102–110.Google Scholar
- Galileo Galilei, Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, trans. Stillman Drake (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967), pp.164–167 (for a stone falling from a tower), 190–196 (for rotational motion at the equator), and 398–399 (for the ball in a bowl of water experiment).Google Scholar
- Galileo’s quotation on inertia is found in his “Letters on Sunspots, “reprinted in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, trans. Stillman Drake (New York: Doubleday, 1957), p. 113. The letter of 1637 is quoted in Stillman Drake, Galileo at Work: His Scientific Biography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), pp. 376–379.Google Scholar
- An alternative interpretation of circles and parabolas is by Ron Naylor, “Galileo, Coperni-canism and the Origins of the New Science of Motion,” British Journal for the History of Science, 36, No. 2 (June, 2003), pp. 151–181.Google Scholar
- On Galileo’s concept of inertia compare, Dudley Shapere, Galileo: A Philosophical Study (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974), Chapter 4 (“Galileo and the Principle of Inertia”) with Stillman Drake, Galileo Studies (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1970), pp. 240–278, and Galileo at Work: His Scientific Biography (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978), pp. 376–377.Google Scholar
- The quotation about the Arsenal of Venice is by Ingrid Rowland, from her essay, “The Nervous Republic,” in The New York Review of Books (November 1, 2001), p. 12.Google Scholar
- The binocular rivalry experiment is mentioned in John R. Searle, “Consciousness: What We Still Don’t Know,” The New York Review of Books (January 13, 2005), pp. 36–39.Google Scholar
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