Galileo Galilei — When the World Stood Still by Atle Næss (auth.)

By Atle Næss (auth.)

"I, Galileo, son of the overdue Vincenzio Galilei, Florentine, elderly seventy years ...kneeling ahead of you most outstanding and Reverend Lord Cardinals ...I abjure, curse, loathe the aforesaid error and heresies."

Galileo Galilei in Rome, 22 June 1633, sooner than the lads of the Inquisition.

In the small village of Arcetri, on a wooded hillside simply south of Florence, an outdated guy sat writing his will. He needed to take a trip to Rome and desired to be ready for each eventuality. If the plague didn't get him at the street, the stress of vacationing may end him off; moreover he have been sick lots of the autumn, with dizziness, abdominal pains and a significant hernia. or even if he survived those problems, and the chilly wintry weather wind from the Apennines didn't provide him pneumonia, he had no proposal what awaited him in Rome, merely that his arrival used to be not likely to be celebrated with a unique mass.

The mathematician and physicist Galileo Galilei is without doubt one of the most famed scientists of all instances. the tale of his lifestyles and occasions, of his epoch-making experiments and discoveries, of his stubbornness and satisfaction, of his buyers in the home of Medici, of his enemies and associates of their fight for fact - all is introduced vividly to existence during this publication. Atle Næss has written a gripping account of 1 of the nice figures in ecu history.
He used to be offered the Brage Prize, the main prestigious literary prize in Norway.

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It was not as absurd as it may sound. A trained and skilled musician has a “metronomic” feel for the length of the sub-divided beat. But neither the finger-board bands nor the rhythmic song were completely satisfactory. The bands disturbed the evenness of the ball’s rolling movement, and singing was undeniably somewhat impracticable and imprecise. Galileo worked at getting the groove that the balls ran in as smooth and even as humanly possible. Then he also had the idea of measuring time with a sort of water clock – by simply allowing water to flow from one container, through a thin pipe and into another.

In fact, this precise mathematical description of an idealised physical motion – movement by constant acceleration – is really the very foundation of modern physics. Galileo formulated his law as a proportion, on the geometrical pattern, and not in the modern form we know from school textbooks: 1 s = a t2 2 where s is distance, a acceleration and t time. It is highly doubtful if an arithmetical operation such as “squaring time” would have had any meaning for Galileo. Nor does it for us – at least we never speak of “square seconds” or “square years”.

This was to be celebrated in a style worthy of an old and distinguished, if impecunious, Tuscan family – if no one else, his mother Giulia would ensure that standards were maintained. The wedding gown alone, of black Neapolitan velvet decorated with light blue damask, cost a small fortune. And Galileo paid. Modern Physics Is Born It was neither as a designer of calculators nor as a Copernican astronomer that Galileo made his pioneering mark during his years at Padua. His most important work was experiments and investigations in the realms of physics.

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