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The Mechanical Universe by Tom M. Apostol, Richard P. Olenick, Steven C. Frautschi

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CHAPTER 4INERTIA

    It has been observed that missiles, that is to say, projectiles follow some kind of curved path, but that it is a parabola no one has shown. I will show that it is, together with other things, neither few in number nor less worth knowing, and what I hold to be even more important, they open the door to a vast and crucial science of which these our researches will constitute the elements; other geniuses more acute than mine will penetrate its hidden recesses.

    Galileo Galilei, Two New Sciences, Third Day (1638)

4.1 IF THE EARTH MOVES: ARISTOTELIAN OBJECTIONS

In 1543 Nicolaus Copernicus’s book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) appeared in print. Copernicus, mindful of his personal ...

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