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Galileo's Pendulum: From the Rhythm of Time to the Making of Matter

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By: Roger G Newton

153 pages, 16 b/w photos, 18 illus

Harvard University Press

Hardback | Dec 2004 | #144830 | ISBN: 067401331X
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Bored during Mass at the cathedral in Pisa, the seventeen-year-old Galileo regarded the chandelier swinging overhead - and remarked, to his great surprise, that the lamp took as many beats to complete an arc when hardly moving as when it was swinging widely. Newton tells the story of what this observation meant, and of its profound consequences for science and technology.

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Roger G. Newton is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, Indiana University. He is the author of many books, including The Truth of Science: Physical Theories and Reality and What Makes Nature Tick?, both from Harvard University Press.

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