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The greatest scientific polemic ever: the Diologo, 1632 (6/8)

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Possibly the most brilliant and devastating polemic ever written on the side of science, the Diologo simply destroys classical Renaissance Aristotelian physics, argues (hopelessly badly) for a similarity between cosmic and terrestrial physics and does not discover linear inertia (sorry), but what is effectively circular inertia, which is just Aristotelian natural motion. More interesting, more than a couple of decades research into kinematics of motion is not mentioned in the book. There is much to be discussed here!

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