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Galilei, Galileo
DISCORSI E DIMOSTRAZIONI MATEMATICHE, INTORNO A DUE NUOVE SCIENZE ATTENENTI ALLA MECANICA & I MOVIMENTI LOCALI... CON UNA APPENDICE DEL CENTRO DI GRAVITÀ D'ALCUNI SOLIDI. LEIDEN: ELSEVIR, 1638
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Galilei, Galileo
DISCORSI E DIMOSTRAZIONI MATEMATICHE, INTORNO A DUE NUOVE SCIENZE ATTENENTI ALLA MECANICA & I MOVIMENTI LOCALI... CON UNA APPENDICE DEL CENTRO DI GRAVITÀ D'ALCUNI SOLIDI. LEIDEN: ELSEVIR, 1638
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Galilei, Galileo
DISCORSI E DIMOSTRAZIONI MATEMATICHE, INTORNO A DUE NUOVE SCIENZE ATTENENTI ALLA MECANICA & I MOVIMENTI LOCALI... CON UNA APPENDICE DEL CENTRO DI GRAVITÀ D'ALCUNI SOLIDI. LEIDEN: ELSEVIR, 1638
4to (194 x 147mm.), woodcut device on title-page, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut illustrations, late eighteenth-century Italian half calf, spine gilt in compartments with tan morocco lettering-piece, red edges, library stamps neatly removed from title-page, extremities slightly rubbed
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Literature

Cinti 102; Horblit 36; PMM 130; Riccardi i, 516; Willems 468

Catalogue Note

First edition of Galileo's final yet most important mathematical work, and a clean copy. The "two new sciences" were "the engineering science of strength of materials and the mathematical science of kinematics. The first, as Galileo presents it, is founded on the law of the lever; breaking strength is treated as a branch of statics. The second has its basis in the assumption of uniformity and simplicity in nature, complemented by certain dynamic assumptions" (DSB V, p.245).

As with his other major works, this is in the form of a dialogue between the characters Salviati, Sagredo and Simplicio, who had also appeared in his troublesome Dialogue concerning the two chief world systems of 1632. After Galileo's troubles with the papal authorities in Italy because of his earlier Dialogo, he had to publish this work abroad in a state where the ban on publishing his works was of little import.

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