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It follows that bodies have no force to resist motion. ®® Motion and rest (or different degrees o f motion) are dis continuous, and a body starting to move does not pass through all the degrees o f motion as Galileo maintained. — 6 69 FOR CE IN N E W T O N S PH Y S IC S is divided by mechanical necessity, is excluded from consideration. Furthermore, he asserted frequently that the quantity o f surface on which other bodies can impinge modifies the force o f a body to con tinue its motion.
P. 149). 26. ’ Opere, i , 414. Undoubtedly Galileo referred to the Book on the Balance attributed to Euclid. 27. ’ Opere, I, 353, 362. 28. De motu. Chapter 17; On Motion and On Mechanics, trans. I. E. Drabkin and Stillman Drake, (Madison, The University o f Wisconsin Press; @ i960 by the Regents o f the University o f Wisconsin), pp. 78-81. 29. Ibid, pp. 38-9. 30. , p. 45. 31. , p. 25, 32. , p. 88. 33. Galileo himself appears ultimately to have arrived at a similar assessment o f De motu. A t the end o f the Third D ay o f the Discourses, Salviati referred in markedly different terms to the same fragments from Euclid mentioned above (n.
188-203). 41. , p. 31 fh. 42. Opere, 2, 262. The Latin text is quoted in note 9. 43. Discourses, pp. 63-4. Cf. Sixth D ay o f the Discourses in which he attempted to measure the force o f percussion o f water falling from one bucket hanging on a large balance into another bucket slung beneath it. The water that is in the act o f falling does not affect tlie balance ‘perche, andandosi continuamente accelerando il moto della cadente acqua, non possono le parti piu alte gravitate o premere sopra le piu basse .
Force in Newton's Physics: The science of dynamics in the Seventeenth century by Richard S. Westfall