History of Mechanism and Machine Science

Tartaglia’s Science of Weights and Mechanics in the Sixteenth Century

Selections from Quesiti et inventioni diverse: Books VII–VIII

Authors: Pisano, Raffaele, Capecchi, Danilo

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  • Presents a unique approach to the science of weights
  • Gives a historical analysis on mechanics of the beginning of  the 16th Century
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This book presents a historical and scientific analysis as historical epistemology of the science of weights and mechanics in the sixteenth century, particularly as developed by Tartaglia in his Quesiti et inventioni diverse, Book VII and Book VIII (1546; 1554).

In the early 16th century mechanics was concerned mainly with what is now called statics and was referred to as the Scientia de ponderibus, generally pursued by two very different approaches. The first was usually referred to as Aristotelian, where the equilibrium of bodies was set as a balance of opposite tendencies to motion. The second, usually referred to as Archimedean, identified statics with centrobarica, the theory of centres of gravity based on symmetry considerations. In between the two traditions the Italian scholar Niccolò Fontana, better known as Tartaglia (1500?–1557), wrote the treatise Quesiti et inventioni diverse (1546).

This volume consists of three main parts. In the first, a historical excursus regarding Tartaglia’s lifetime, his scientific production and the Scientia de ponderibus in the Arabic-Islamic culture, and from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, is presented. Secondly, all the propositions of Books VII and VIII, by relating them with the Problemata mechanica by the Aristotelian school and Iordani opvsculvm de ponderositate by Jordanus de Nemore are examined within the history and historical epistemology of science. The last part is relative to the original texts and critical transcriptions into Italian and Latin and an English translation.

This work gathers and re-evaluates the current

thinking on this subject. It brings together contributions from two distinguished experts in the history and historical epistemology of science, within the fields of physics, mathematics and engineering. It also gives much-needed insight into the subject from historical and scientific points of view. The volume composition makes for absorbing reading for historians, epistemologists, philosophers and scientists.

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“The book is written in plain language and full of remarkable historical and scientific details. It is a meaningful historical book for scholars and for teachers. Its plain style makes it also accessible to advanced students. In my opinion, it is of interest for historians of science and ideas as well as for physicists and mathematicians. I strongly recommend this outstanding volume.” (Romano Gatto, Metascience, Vol. 28 (3), November 2019)

“This is valuable for scholars as well as teachers of the history of math and science. It is very educational for a student of math and science to read the original work on occasion and see how the ideas and principles of math and science were developed and perfected. If you are a teacher … interested in including material about the work of Tartaglia in your course or in your research, this book is what you are looking for.” (Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, maa.org, December, 2015)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tartaglia’s Science of Weights and Mechanics in the Sixteenth Century
Book Subtitle
Selections from Quesiti et inventioni diverse: Books VII–VIII
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
28
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-9710-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-9710-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-9709-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7831-2
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 504
Number of Illustrations
202 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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