This is Galileo’s argument from “The Assayer,” which I encountered in both my history survey of modern philosophy and in metaphysics. Galileo. Galileo Galilei; Il Saggiatore (The Assayer); Rome, This quietly polemical text puts the case for a pared-down scientific conception of matter and a. 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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I ask Sarsi why it is that some organ pipes produce deep tones and some high. Lines are called regular when, having a fixed and definite description, they are susceptible of definition and of having their properties demonstrated. It cannot consist aasayer one glass alone, because the shape of this would have to be convex that is, thicker in the middle than at the edges or concave that is, thinner in the middleor bounded by parallel surfaces.

Now for this other charge of violating [p. A judge must asxayer by means of witnesses to wssayer whether Peter injured John last night, but not whether John was injured, since the judge can see that for himself. Take a clean carafe and hold a lighted candle not far from it, and you will see in its surface a tiny image of the light, very sharp and bright.

The Assayer is a milestone in the history of science: But the reason cited above was so cogent that I contented myself merely with the opinion and judgment of a few gentlemen, my real friends, to whom I communicated my thoughts. This would surely an be illuminated, but it would not change place with every motion of the observer to one side, unless perhaps he were to move several miles.

Publishing under the title of The World of Jupiter, he had the gall thf claim that he had observed the Medicean planets which revolve about Jupiter before I had. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. It was, of course, too crude to succeed. Demonstrating in no small degree their approval of my ideas, these gentlemen have managed for a variety of reasons adsayer draw me away from the resolution I had tue.

Meanwhile I say, in order not to discourage him, that if what he is attempting turns out to be correct, then this reasoning which his teacher and his astronomer friends use to determine the location of the comet is not only the most ingenious argument of all, but such an employment of the telescope far transcends all others in the importance of its consequences.


It is motion that causes wood to burn or metal to melt. But note his sly way xssayer attempting to establish his priority. Guiducci wrote that “people who wish to determine the location of a comet by means of parallax must first establish that the comet is a fixed and real gallieo and not a mere appearance, since reasoning by parallax is indeed conclusive for real things but not for apparent ones.

I cannot but be astonished that Sarsi should persist in trying to prove by means of witnesses something that I gallieo see for myself at any time by means of experiment.

If we go back to examine his argument more closely, we find it to be defective because it takes as absolute that galilso must be understood relatively, or as bounded that which is unbounded. From such waves, as from many mirrors extending over a wide area, would result a much brighter reflection of the sunlight than would occur if the sea were calm.

It will not spread over a large area; indeed, if the water is quite calm you will see a pure image of the sun as sharply wssayer as in a mirror. But since it seems to me that there is still some life left in Guiducci’s conjectures, I shall make a few remarks upon the strength of Sarsi’s refutations. Sarsi says that no author worth considering, ancient or modem, has ever supposed a comet to be a mere appearance; hence that his teacher, who was disputing only with such men and did not aspire to victory over any others, did not need to remove comets from the company of mere images.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This happens because the skin on the thr of the aszayer is not smooth, but is marked with certain twisted lines which we use in sensing the slightest irregularity of objects by touch.

The translation here is deliberately free. He tue that people believe heat to be a genuine or primary quality, but it is not. Don Virginio Cesarini [1]. It was useless to hold my peace, because those who are so anxious to make trouble aseayer me have now had recourse to attributing to me the works of others.


During the entire time the comet was visible I was confined by illness to my bed.

The Assayer

From a very high mountain about sixty miles from the Bay of Leghorn, on a clear and windy day about an hour before sunset, I have seen a very bright strip spreading out on both sides of the sun and extending for tens or perhaps hundreds of miles, this being a reflection of sunlight identical with those just described.

Conversely, if the moon is tripled by some excellent telescope when it is more than one hundred thousand miles away as Father Grassi saysthen the ball on a cupola at a distance of one mile would be enlarged more than a million times.

Assuming that what Sarsi sees in his mirror is not a true and real man at all, but just an image like those which the rest of us see there, I should like to know the visual differences by which he so readily distinguishes the real from the spurious. I have never understood, Your Excellency, why it is that every one of the studies I have published in order to please or to serve other people has aroused in some men a certain perverse urge to detract, steal, or deprecate that modicum of merit which I thought I had earned, if not for my work, at least for its intention.

Galileo, Selections from The Assayer

I cannot help being astonished that Sarsi and his teacher, thinking it to be true, should have regarded it less highly than their others-which, if I may say so, are not fit to hold a candle to this one. However, when two things are rubbed together, the friction creates motion, which allows for the fire-particles to be released. At galiileo he used his discovery in support of Copernicus.

Is it not astonishing that so many things have been reported to him which I never said, nor even thought, while not a single syllable reached him gzlileo other things that I have said over and over again? Is this rhetorically sound?