Motion to the Center or Motion to the Whole? Plutarch’s Views on Gravity and Their Influence on Galileo

  title={Motion to the Center or Motion to the Whole? Plutarch’s Views on Gravity and Their Influence on Galileo},
  author={Frederik A. Bakker and Carla Rita Palmerino},
  pages={217 - 238}
While it is well known that Plutarch’s De facie in orbe lunae was a major source of inspiration for Galileo’s Sidereus nuncius, its influence on his Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo, and especially on his views on gravity, has not been sufficiently explored. This essay offers the first systematic comparison of Plutarch’s and Galileo’s accounts of gravity by focusing on four themes: the thought experiment of a stone falling in a tunnel passing through the center of the Earth; the… 
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