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Il saggiatore (The assayer) by Galileo Galilei (–) is the final and most significant work in the polemic regarding the characteristics of. This is Galileo’s argument from “The Assayer,” which I encountered in both my history survey of modern philosophy and in metaphysics. Galileo. Galileo Galilei; Il Saggiatore (The Assayer); Rome, This quietly polemical text puts the case for a pared-down scientific conception of matter and a.

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At first he used his discovery in support of Copernicus. A body which is solid and, so to speak, quite material, when moved in contact with any part of my person produces in me the sensation we call touch. I have often been in some room with closed shutters and seen on the wall a reflection of sunlight coming through some tiny hole; and so far as vision could determine, it seemed to be a star no less bright than Venus.

When they are experienced, they sometimes recognize that a wind will approach before long from a certain direction, and they say that a sure sign of this is to see the air brighter in that direction than it would normally be.

Works of Galileo Galilei, Part 3, Volume 15, Astronomy: The Assayer

Now to add what I can to so astounding a hhe, I shall set forth some trifling questions which arose in me as Sarsi proceeded. If it is like our flames, then you might have made us look at stars through our flames and left out firebrands, candlesnuffs, and such things.

If Sarsi and others think that certainty of gaalilei conclusion extends much assistance in the discovery of some means for realizing it, let them study history. Those materials which produce heat in us and make us feel warmth, which are known by the general name of “fire,” would then be a multitude of minute particles having certain shapes and moving with certain velocities.

Gwlilei when we are in doubt whether things are consumed by rubbing we may believe that they are if they are sensibly heated, while those which are not heated may be said not to be consumed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here These qualities are different from those qualities determined by our senses or secondary qualities. But galili last-named does not alter visible objects in any way, either by enlarging or reducing them; the concave diminishes them; and the convex, though it assajer enlarge them, shows them indistinctly and confusedly.


Conversely, if the moon is tripled by some excellent telescope when it is more than one hundred thousand miles away as Father Grassi saysthen the ball on a cupola at a distance of one mile would be enlarged more than a million times. The book was dedicated to the new pope.

I have certainly not lacked opportunities to put forth other works that would perhaps be no less astonishing to ghe schools of philosophy and no less important to science than those published previously.

And since nothing is lacking to us except being Babylonians, then being Babylonians is the cause of the hardening of eggs, and not friction of the air.

But perhaps the winds that blow the clouds and those chimeras and monsters that tumultuously take shape in them had not the strength to carry solid and weighty things. But what if I find for you a state of’, the air that has all the conditions you say are required, and till the egg is not cooked nor the lead ball destroyed? But realizing that if he had not chanced to meet the boy he would never have learned of the existence of a new method of forming musical notes and the sweetest songs, he decided to travel to distant places in the hope of meeting with some new adventure.

It cannot consist of one glass alone, because the shape of this would have to be convex that is, thicker in the middle than at the edges or concave that is, thinner in the middleor bounded by parallel surfaces.

This will happen when the specific gravity of that which is consumed is less than that of the medium in which it is being weighed. There I was often visited by friends.

Finally Sarsi is reduced to saying with Aristotle that if the air ever happened to be abundantly filled with warm exhalations in the presence of various other requisites, then leaden balls would melt in the air when shot from muskets or thrown by slings.

We meant only to address those men, ancient or modem, who try in all their [p. We merely said that the proofs thus far set forth by other authors are not free from objections. In Sarsi I seem to discern the firm belief that in philosophizing one must support oneself upon the opinion of some celebrated author, as if our minds ought to remain completely sterile and barren galileu wedded to the reasoning of some other person.

But I do not think on that account that none can have taken place; it may have been too minute to be perceptible any balance whatever.


The Assayer, early state | galileo

But he neglects to warn the reader that he is a Protestant, and hence gaalilei not accepted the Gregorian calendar. But the live body which receives these operations feels different sensations according to the various places touched.

Your Excellency, if this thing is true, Sarsi has a clear road to the most admirable inventions ever thought of.

February 10, at The translation here is deliberately free. Let Sarsi see from this how superficial his philosophizing is, except in appearance. But having extended it that far, let Sarsi return again to his original questions, and ask me whether I need to lengthen my telescope very much in order to see “nearby” objects-that is, objects which are not beyond the orbit of the moon.

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The Assayer

Articles containing Italian-language text. But even on that assumption, I do not see why he selects Tycho. For they believe that heat is a real phenomenon or property, or quality, which actually resides in the material by which we feel ourselves warmed [19]. Hence they reasoned about it as about the other planets, to the effect that the closer Of these to the sun are the more irradiated and consequently are less enlarged when observed through the telescope.

Also I think that just as he has permitted himself incognito to say some things that he might perhaps repress to my face, so it ought not to be taken amiss if I, availing myself of the privilege accorded against masqueraders, shall deal with him quite frankly.

Now you who participate in this man’s thoughts and share his curiosity may judge of his astonishment. By reasoning about these they may easily discover, to their great honor and profit, how to construct such things. I believe that in the weaving of this cloth, Sarsi is going to get himself so entangled-far more than he supposes now, while he is laying the warp-that in the end he will voluntarily admit himself defeated.

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