Carla Rita Palmerino

Carla Rita Palmerino
Radboud University | RU · Research Institute for Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies

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Hobbes e Galileo: Metodo, materia e scienza del moto. Gregorio Baldin. Biblioteca di “Galilaeana” 6. Florence: Olschki, 2017. xxiv + 244 pp. €34. - Volume 72 Issue 3 - Carla Rita Palmerino
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In this introduction, we explain our choice to approach the topic of space from a cosmological perspective, that is, by studying the conceptions of space that were implicitly or explicitly entailed by ancient, medieval and early modern representations of the cosmos, and the role that imagination played in those conceptions. We compare our approach...
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This volume provides a much needed, historically accurate narrative of the development of theories of space up to the beginning of the eighteenth century. It studies conceptions of space that were implicitly or explicitly entailed by ancient, medieval and early modern representations of the cosmos. The authors reassess Alexandre Koyré’s groundbreak...
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Thought experiments play an important epistemic, rhetorical, and didactic function in Galileo’s dialogues. In some cases, Salviati, Sagredo, and Simplicio agree about what would happen in an imaginary scenario and try to understand whether the predicted outcome is compatible with their respective theoretical assumptions. There are, however, also si...
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The famous correspondence between Leibniz and Clarke deals with fundamental physical and metaphysical questions, such as the soul-body interaction, the freedom of will, the composition of matter, the possibility of a vacuum, miracles, gravity, and the nature of space and time. With respect to most of these issues the disagreement between Leibniz an...
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Representing Space in the Scientific Revolution. David Marshall Miller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. xiv + 236 pp. $90. - Volume 70 Issue 2 - Carla Rita Palmerino
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In everyday language, the use of such words as “chance,” “coincidence,” “luck,” “fortune” or “randomness” strongly overlap. In fact, in some languages, such as German, they coincide in one word (Zufall). In others, there is a clear separation between chance events with positive connotations (e.g., “luck,” “fortune”) and those with bad ones (e.g., “...
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In 1996, Manuel Luna Alcoba published a transcription of LH XXXVII, IV, 57 r°-58v°, a manuscript written by Leibniz after 1693 and containing historical and systematic reflections on the problem of the continuum. The present article aims to show that the manuscript, to which Luna Alcoba attributed the title Geschichte des Kontinuumproblems, consist...
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This article is concerned with a previously little studied work, the Labyrinthus sive de compositione continui liber unus (1631), in which Libertus Fromondus attacked the atomistic theory, which at the time was finding supporters at the University of Louvain. I try to identify Fromondus' sources and polemical targets, to summarise his mathematical...
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In his Mathematical Lectures, read at the University of Cambridge between 1664 and 1666, Isaac Barrow, Lucasian professor of mathematics, criticized “those who would have magnitude constituted of a finite number of indivisibles,” an opinion which he considered repugnant to the laws of mathematics. Barrow argued in favor of the infinite divisibility...
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This article documents the general tendency of seventeenth-century natural philosophers, irrespective of whether they were atomists or anti-atomists, to regard space, time and matter as magnitudes having the same internal composition. It examines the way in which authors such as Fromondus, Basson, Sennert, Arriaga, Galileo, Magnen, Descartes, Gasse...
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This article analyzes Galileo's mathematization of motion, focusing in particular on his use of geometrical diagrams. It argues that Galileo regarded his diagrams of acceleration not just as a complement to his mathematical demonstrations, but as a powerful heuristic tool. Galileo probably abandoned the wrong assumption of the proportionality betwe...
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In the ten years following the publication of Galileo Galilei's Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche intorno a due nuove scienze (1638), the new science of motion was intensely debated in Italy, France and northern Europe. Although Galileo's theories were interpreted and reworked in a variety of ways, it is possible to identify some crucial issues...
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In the last two decades, much attention has been paid to the quaestio de certitudine mathematicarum, a Renaissance debate that profoundly influenced seventeenth-century discussions concerning the status and function of mathematics. As Emilio Sergio announces in his preface, the scope of the present book is to analyze how seventeenth-century authors...
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In the concluding pages of his Epistolae duae de motu impresso a motore translato (1642), Pierre Gassendi provides a brief summary of the explanation of the tides found in Galileo's Dialogue over the Two Chief World Systems (1632). A comparison between the two texts reveals, however, that Gassendi surreptitiously modifies Galileo's theory in some c...
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In October 1640, Pierre Gassendi left the port of Marseilles on a trireme with the intention of carrying out on the open sea an experiment that Galileo had described in the Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi (1632), but of which he had claimed that he had never performed it.1 In the presence of Louis de Valois, Governor of the Provence, Gassendi c...
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Between 1650 and 1651, a special commission appointed by the Ninth General Congregation of the Jesuit Order drew up a list of “Propositiones, quae in scholis societatis non sunt docendae” to be included in the “Ordinatio pro Studiis Superioribus” of 1651. Among those propositions we find the following three:25. The successive continuum and the “int...
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The history of science shows, time and again, how erroneous it is to equate the date of publication of a new scientific theory with its acceptance. How long the lag time between invention, diffusion, and reception can be is shown with particular force in the case of Galileo Galilei’s theory of motion. Although our school books mention Galileo’s law...
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This article analyzes the evolution of Mersenne's views concerning the validity of Galileo's theory of acceleration. After publishing, in 1634, a treatise designed to present empirical evidence in favor of Galileo's odd-number law, Mersenne developed over the years the feeling that only the elaboration of a physical proof could provide sufficient c...
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title RIASSUNTO /title Fra i manoscritti della British Library stato trovato un codice contenente una copia non autografa dei libri VIII-XI del De vita et doctrina Epicuri, la prima versione manoscritta a noi pervenuta del SYNTAGMA PHILOSOPHICUM di Pierre Gassendi. Se i libri IX-XI, composti fra il 1636 ed il 1637 e dedicati alla canonica epicurea,...