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The Equilibrium Controversy: Guidobaldo del Monte’s Critical Notes on the Mechanics of Jordanus and Benedetti and their Historical and Conceptual Backgrounds

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Book Series: Sources 2: Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge ISBN: 9783869319599 Year: Pages: 386 Language: English
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Subject: Mechanical Engineering
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This study, the second volume of the series "Sources" of the "Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge," reviews a historical discussion about the question of whether a balance in equilibrium, after having been deflected, returns to its original position. This question captured the attention of philosophers and scientists for almost two millennia, from Greek antiquity to the sixteenth century when the "equilibrium controversy" became a central question among scholars.Two new sources related to this controversy are presented: an annotated copy of Jordanus de Nemore's "Liber de ponderibus" edited by Petrus Apianus in 1533 and an annotated copy of Giovanni Battista Benedetti's "Diversarum speculationum mathematicarum et physicarum liber" from 1585. Both works contain handwritten marginal notes by Guidobaldo del Monte, author of the most influential early modern text on mechanics.A detailed analysis of these sources, their prehistory, and their contexts shows that the "equilibrium controversy" only scratched the surface of a much deeper conceptual crisis of early modern mechanics that was triggered by the introduction of the medieval concept of "positional heaviness" into early modern discussions. This crisis helped to establish fundamental insights on which Galileo eventually built his theory of mechanics as well as his theory of motion.

Die Mechanik und ihre Fachvertreter an der Universität Karlsruhe : Von den Anfängen bis an die Schwelle des 21. Jahrhunderts

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Book Series: Veröffentlichungen aus dem Archiv des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie ISSN: 21966001 ISBN: 9783731505150 Year: Volume: 4 Pages: VIII, 125 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000054061 Language: GERMAN
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Technology (General)
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Description of the Mechanics and their representatives from the beginning 1825 as Polytechnic school until the actual present 2015 after the mergence of the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Center into the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Development of the corresponding departments. Biographies of selected Professors.

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