By W. A. Wallace

Hard because it is to think, what's in all likelihood Galileo's most crucial Latin manuscript used to be no longer transcribed for the nationwide version of his works and so has remained hidden from students for hundreds of years. during this quantity William A. Wallace interprets the logical treatises contained in that manuscript and makes them intelligible to the trendy reader. He prefaces his translation with a long advent describing the contents of the manuscript, the assets from which it derives, its courting, and the way it pertains to Galileo's different Pisan writings. the interpretation is followed through huge notes and observation; those clarify the textual content and tie it to the fuller exposition of Galileo's logical technique within the author's spouse quantity, Galileo's Logicof Discovery and Proof.
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The extant materials, however, fall into three fairly distinct parts. Two of these, constituting the first 100 folios, are made up of treatises similar to those in MS 27. The third part consists of jottings or memoranda on motion that are obviously related to the De motu materials contained in MS 71, and whose discussion, on that account, is best postponed to our consideration ofthat manuscript. The two parts or sets of treatises that take up the first hundred folios of MS 46 pertain to portions of a course in natural philosophy that deal with Aristotle's De caelo and De generatione respectively.

This, then, is the answer to the question posed in the title to the 14 INTRODUCTION preceding section, namely, whether Galileo's sources were manuscripts or printed works. His primary sources were handwritten, although portions of them may have incorporated materials that had already found their way into print. When we take the manuscript evidence into account, therefore, we need not subscribe to the chronology proposed by Carugo and Crombie, while we can still account for many of the scholastic influences to which they call attention and which are manifest in Galileo's later writings.

He showed copies of this to various mathematicians, and during a visit to Rome in that year left some of its propositions with Christopher Clavius, the mathematician of the Collegio. Fortunately portions of an exchange of correspondence between Clavius and Galileo on the treatise have been preserved, and these show that Clavius had reservations about the logic of one of the proofs offered in it by Galileo, 38 INTRODUCTION since he suspected it involved a petitio principii [GG 10: 24-25, 29-30].

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