Shadows and deception: from Borelli's Theoricae to the Saggi of the Cimento

@article{Meli1998ShadowsAD,
  title={Shadows and deception: from Borelli's Theoricae to the Saggi of the Cimento},
  author={D. B. Meli},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={1998},
  volume={31},
  pages={383-402}
}
  • D. B. Meli
  • Published 1998
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
‘Poor Borelli!’ exclaimed Alexandre Koyre at the end of his wonderful and by now classic study of Borelli's ‘celestial mechanics’. Koyre frankly admitted that Borelli lacked Newton's genius and intellectual audacity. However, in his story Borelli deserved a place between Kepler and Newton for his ‘imperfect but decisive’ unification of terrestrial and celestial physics. This framework finds a powerful justification in Borelli's extensive usage of Keplerian astronomy and in Newton's references… Expand
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