Galilei Galileo

Published by Bologna per gli HH. del Dozza 1655, 1655
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First edition printed by Dozza preceeded only by the first printing of 1638. With woodcut title device and numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations throughout. 4to, original sheets sewn and unbound. [viii], 238 [Tavola, 6] pp. A very clean and very attractive copy, beautifully preserved. FIRST DOZZA PRINTING. Considered to be Galileo's greatest work, and the foundation of modern physics, the DISCORSI E DIMOSTRAZIONI falls into three sections. The first comprises a theoretical investigation of the strength of materials, a subject which he was able to ground in an almost correct mathematical basis. The second is a discussion of various subjects such as motion, infinity, the existence of a vacuum and the weight of air, the cohesion of bodies, and others. The final section is devoted to the science of motion. In his DIALOGO Galileo had treated the subject of motion philosophically; here he provides mathematical underpinnings for his definitions of uniform and accelerated motion. "It was upon his foundations that Huygens, Newton, and others were able to erect the frame of the science of dynamics, and to extend its range (with the concept of universal gravitation) to the heavenly bodies" (PMM). "After Galileo's trial and conviction by the Holy Office in 1633, he was placed under house arrest, and the Congregation of the Index forbade the printing of any of his books. To add to his woes, he was rapidly losing his sight, and the death of his beloved elder daughter in 1634 left him seriously depressed. Nevertheless, Galileo persevered with the Discorsi, and by 1635 had virtually completed the work. A manuscript copy was smuggled into France and later taken to Holland, where the Elzeviers in Leiden undertook its publication" (Norman). "Considered the first modern textbook in physics, in it Galileo pressed forward the experimental and mathematical methods in the analysis of problems in mechanics and dynamics. The Aristotelian conception of motion was replaced by a new one of inertia and general principles were sought and found in the motion of falling bodies, projectiles, and in the pendulum" (Dibner). Bookseller Inventory # 24384

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Publisher: Bologna per gli HH. del Dozza 1655

Publication Date: 1655

Edition: 1st Edition

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