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Aristotle, projectiles and guns

@article{Walley2018AristotlePA,
  title={Aristotle, projectiles and guns},
  author={Stephen M. Walley},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2018}
}
  • S. Walley
  • Published 2 April 2018
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
When guns were developed in Europe in the 14th century, the theory of projectile motion was not the one we are familiar with today due to Galileo and Newton but the one taught by Aristotle approximately 1700 years earlier. In addition to Aristotle's wide-ranging philosophical concerns, his theory arose from the observation in everyday life that if an object is moving something must be moving it. This idea works very well for the horse and cart but is puzzling if you apply it to a thrown stone… 
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