Galileo and the Pendulum: Latching on to Time

Peter Machamer, Brian Hepburn

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Abstract

Galileo changed the very concepts or categories by which natural philosophy could deal with matter and motion. Central to these changes was his introduction of time as a fundamental concept. He worked with the pendulum and with the inclined plane to discover his new concept of motion. Both of these showed him that acceleration and time were important for making motion intelligible.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience & Education
Volume13
Issue4
Pages (from-to)333-347
ISSN0926-7220
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • mechanics,pendulum,education

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