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Unformatted text preview: At the University, Galileo quickly developed a rivalry with the older, more established professors, particularly a conservative philosopher named Girolamo Borro. Philosophy, in the 16th century, incorporated a wider range of investigations than it does today, including questions of natural science and physics, and Borro had written extensively on the ocean's tides, as well as the properties of motion. He was an Aristotelian, like most scholars of his day, meaning that he based his work on the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. But Borro did not accept Aristotle's precepts on faith alone, and advocated a science based on experimentation. Galileo much doubted many Aristotelian claims, and resolved to test one of the more famous ones, namely, that "the downward motion of a mass of gold or lead, or of any other body endowed with weight, is quicker in proportion...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07