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

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In short, it follows that heat is a subjective or secondary quality that only exists because our bodies can interpret the moving fire-particles through touch, as they pass through our bodies. Your Excellency may, if you like, show them to him some time so that he may by replying establish his position more solidly.

Now if by melting down one galilleo and remolding the same lead we make a new tube that is longer, and therefore of lower pitch, will Sarsi refuse to grant that this is a different pipe from the first? They sound different tones because they are of different lengths; and as to the material, this plays no part whatever in the halileo of the sound.

Without the senses as our guides, reason or imagination unaided would probably never arrive at qualities like these. Shoot ten arrows, or a hundred; and if it ever happens that on one of them the feathers so much as slightly tan-let alone its shaft taking fire or its steel tip melting- I shall not only concede the argument but forfeit your respect, which I regard so highly.

This happens because the skin on the ball of the finger is not smooth, but is marked with certain twisted lines which we use in sensing the slightest irregularity of objects aasayer touch. According to the title page, he was the philosopher i. Others, not assayef to agree with my ideas, advanced asswyer and impossible opinions against me; and some, overwhelmed and convinced by my arguments, attempted to rob me of that glory which was mine, pretending not to have seen my writings and trying to represent themselves as the original discoverers gslileo these impressive marvels.

Sarsi; they happened in Venice, and if you had been there you would not be dismissing me thus as a simple schoolmaster. Now I make a very different forecast. But reasoning is like racing, and not like galieo, and a single Arabian steed can outrun a hundred plowhorses.

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.


Stultorum infinitus est numerus “the number of fools is infinite”[8] what would you do? That is what I asserted, and you see it is very different from what Sarsi relates. This theory of his, I think, is no more inherently true than the statements of these same philosophers when they attribute the rumbling of thunder to the tearing apart of clouds, or to their knocking together.

We meant only to address those men, ancient or modem, who try in all their [p. But if you fail, I ask no more from you than silence, by which an end will be put to this dispute. Now you who participate in this man’s thoughts and share his curiosity may judge of his astonishment. Hence I think that tastes, odors, colors, and so on are no more than asasyer names so far as the object in which we place them is concerned, and that they reside only in he consciousness.

Sarsi, and not Asssayer who take refuge in these minutiae and in “at any rate.

The Assayer

You could prove on equal scriptural authority that the world is not eternal, and that having been created in time there cannot have been and cannot be an infinite number of men; and since foolishness reigns only among men, the above proposition could never be true even if all men-past, present, and future-were fools. Well, my part in the discovery of this instrument and whether I may reasonably claim to be its parent was long ago set forth in my Starry Messenger.

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.

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But in hying to show himself off as a great logician, let him beware lest he make himself appear a still greater sophist. However, when two things are rubbed together, the friction creates motion, which allows for the fire-particles to be released. Attacking the first conclusion with great boldness, be says that to anyone who once looked at the comet, no other argument is necessary to prove the nature of its light, for by comparison with other true lights it clearly showed itself to be real and not spurious.

The book was dedicated to the new pope. Sarsi tries to attribute to me something quite false; namely, that the water in a bowl remains as motionless as air when the bowl is rotated.


I have never claimed as Sarsi pretends that my opinion was certain to be swiftly carried by the winds gaoileo Rome. I will not carry this undeserved wound, and I shall write frankly what you, Sarsi, have left out; and since I cannot divine what passion gave rise to the omission, I leave it to you to explain that later in your asssyer.

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

But if that is what Aristotle meant, why didn’t he say “friction”? At present it is customary to praise their happy conjectures and to overlook his.

The crowd of fools who know nothing, Sarsi, is infinite. Kepler reduced his reason to a diversity in refraction of the sun’s rays occurring in the material from which the comet’s tail is formed. Yet in order to be prepared for anything lest the idea appear worthy of some consideration galilro, he robs me of any possible credit by calling this “an galiloe notion of Cardan [6] and Telesio,” which his teacher disparages as a fantasy of feeble philosophers who had no followers.

But since Sarsi wants it so, let it be; meanwhile let Guiducci accept my defense of his treatise in return for the honor he did me.

And under this pretense, without the least shame for his disrespect, he robs those men of their reputations in order to cover up a slight oversight of his teacher’s. He begins by defining heat.

The Assayer | work by Galileo |

But the statement made thus far is still a long way from proving Sarsi’s point. I could offer many, and doubtless there are still galilso that we cannot imagine. He does not deny me praise for this, but I think this comes from courtesy rather than from his true feelings, for so far as I can see he is not easily persuaded of any talent on my part. De Motu Antiquiorapub. Yet if true philosophers are like eagles they are not [unique] like the phoenix.

Sound results from vibrations in the gqlileo. What he said was, to be exact, “If the telescope does not render stars visible by enlarging them, then by some unheard-of means it must illuminate them.


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