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Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
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: ELZEVIR, 1638
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Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
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: ELZEVIR, 1638
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Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
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: ELZEVIR, 1638
4to (193 x 144mm.), woodcut device on title-page, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut illustrations, early nineteenth-century marbled boards with later calf spine, vellum corners, speckled edges, spine repaired at foot, extremities slightly rubbed, upper joint cracking at foot
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Provenance

bought from Libreria Mediolanum, Milan, 1995

Literature

Tomash & Williams G8; Carli & Favaro 162; Cinti 102; Horblit 36; PMM 130; Riccardi i, 516; STCN 061208639; Willems 468

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION of Galileo's final yet most important mathematical work. 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 because of the Dialogo, he arranged for the publication of this work in a state where the ban on publishing his works was of little import; some of his correspondence with Louis Elzevir survives.

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