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The Penultimate CuriosityHow Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions$
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Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747956

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747956.001.0001

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The Creation

The Creation

(p.205) Chapter Twenty-Six The Creation
The Penultimate Curiosity

Roger Wagner

Andrew Briggs

Oxford University Press

This chapter focusses on Galileo’s Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations Concerning Two New Sciences. The book begins in a resolutely down-to-earth way by considering some of the everyday problems encountered in ‘the famous arsenal of Venice’—why beams snap and boats break their back. The study of the strength of materials is the first of the ‘two new sciences’ and appears at first sight to have nothing to do with Galileo’s more controversial works. The second of Galileo’s new sciences is the study of the motion of objects. Salviati, continuing his role as the spokesperson for Galileo’s own thoughts, continues to pursue his anti-Aristotelian agenda.

Keywords:   Galileo, Salviati, dialogue, strength of materials, motion

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