Torricelli's Infinitely Long Solid and Its Philosophical Reception in the Seventeenth Century

  title={Torricelli's Infinitely Long Solid and Its Philosophical Reception in the Seventeenth Century},
  author={Paolo Mancosu and Ezio Vailati},
  pages={50 - 70}
IN 1641 EVANGELISTA TORRICELLI discovered that a certain solid of infinite length, which he called the "acute hyperbolic solid," has a finite volume. This paradoxical result created considerable interest in mathematical and philosophical circles around the third quarter of the seventeenth century. The result seemed so counterintuitive and astonishing that at first some of the leading mathematicians thought it impossible; even eighty years later Bernard de Fontenelle commented, "One apparently… Expand
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