Galileo, title page from Discorsi e Dimostrazioni Matematiche (Discourses and Mathematical Demonstrations concerning the Two New Sciences of Mechanics and Local Motions), Leiden, 1638
After his condemnation by the Church, Galileo, though under house arrest, devoted himself to what would later be hailed as his greatest scientific work. He drew together in a systematic way his studies of dynamics, from which a whole new science of mechanics would grow. The last of his works to be published during his lifetime, the book was issued in Leiden and widely disseminated. It contained no mention of the Copernican system.
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