Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
- Ptolemaic and Copernican

by Galileo Galilei, edited by James A. Green, Greenwood Research.
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The Dialogues of Galileo Galilei with translator's notes by Stillman Drake, forward by Albert Einstein, and supplemental forward by James A. Green, with mathematical remarks on alternative modern formulations and solutions in the margins by James A. Green and illustrations from Galileo-related artwork and also from astrophotography. Galileo's famous treatise on mechanics and dynamics includes applications to cannonry, archery, and other topics germane not only to physics and astronomy, but also to warfare and engineering. The modern solutions to Galilean problems are often amusing and sometimes include the unexpected. Renaissance remarks such as "the moon is formed from a diaphanous substance" can now be illustrated from astrophotography in a way that is humorously clarifying.

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List of Illustrations

Editor's Forward
Forward by Albert Einstein
The Translator's Preface by Stillman Drake
The Author's Dedication to the Grand Duke of Tuscany
To the Discerning Reader

1. The First Day
2. The Second Day
3. The Third Day
4. The Fourth Day


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1) Portrait of Galileo Galilei
2) Photograph of Editor Green in front of an apparatus for
measuring the distance to the Sun by the method of Aristarchus.
3) Galileo in a "heart of the matter" pose superimposed on a
Viking Orbiter photo of mysterious Martian Chronicles concerning the meaning of a "diaphanous" substance.
4) Another portrait of Galileo Galilei (1564-1542).
5) A portrait of Galileo imaging in the crater Copernicus when the moon is full.
6) Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543).
7) The mythic image of the Orion complex from the celestial sphere.
8) Galileo Before the Holy Office (Louvre), by J.N.Robert-Fleury, 1847.
9) Original woodcut for Dialogo di Galilei Linceo.
10) The logo CON PRI VILEGI, pg xxi.
11) Woodcut of the 3 philosophers speaking over an image of the orb of the moon.
12) Fig.1. Geometrical demonstration of threefold dimensionality.
13) Fig.2. A straight line is the shortest distance between two points.
14) Fig.3. Galileo's Cartesian Coordinates.pg.14.
15) Fig.4. Diagram of an inclined plane. pg.23.
16) Fig.5. Accelerations of an inclined plane. pg.26.
17) Fig.6. Modification of the angle of inclination. pg.27.
18) "Divine" apparition. pg.38.
19) Another "Divine" image from Nature. pg.39.
20) How the moon resembles "Cain with a bundle of thorns on his back." pg.49.
21) Fig.7. Perpendicular and Oblique Rays. pg.80.
22) A bust of Galileo imaging in the crater Copernicus on the Moon. pg.81.
23) A statue of Galileo Galilei in Florence by Costoli. pg.102.
24) A scene from Mars suggestive of the Divine Comedy. pg.105.
25) The marble tomb of Galileo Galilei from Florence. pg.111.
26) Fig.8. The fall of a projectile according to Galileo. pg. 165.
27) Fig.9. The path of a cannon ball projected vertically from a moving cannon.pg.176.
28) Fig.10. Extrusion and Terrestrial whirling. pg.198.
29) Fig.11. Study of projectile motion. pg.199.
30) Fig.12. A Peripatetic's Proof that a Straight Line is the Shortest Path. pg.205.
31) Fig.13. Proof that a Sphere touches a Sphere in a Single Point. pg.206.
32) Fig.14. Whirling Wheels. pg.216.
33) Fig.15. Velocity as a Function of Time. pg.228.
34) A simple pendulum. pg.230.
35) Fig.16. A pendulum. pg.230.
36) Variation in pendulum period with amplitude. pg. 231.
37) Definition of a cycloid. pg. 231.
38) Cycloidal pendulum with constant period. pg.231.
39) "Preternatural" phenomena in Nebula M16. pg.236.
40) Fig.17. Parallaxes with the baseline on the Earth. pg. 286.
41) Fig.18. Parallaxes with the baseline on the Earth. pg. 286.
42) Fig.19. Parallax construction. pg.312.
43) Fig.19A. Parallax construction. pg.314.
44) Fig.20. The solar system.
45) Fig.21. Planetary orbital irregularities come from the Earth's orbital motion. pg. 343.
46) Fig.22. The Ecliptic. pg.348.
47) Fig.23. Diagram of the Ecliptic. pg. 351.
48) Fig.24. Parallaxes of the fixed stars with the Earth's orbit as a base. pg.380.
49) Fig.25. Parallax study. pg.384.
50) Fig.26. Parallaxes of the fixed stars and the Earth's orbit. pg.385.
51) Fig.27. Earth's axis tilted & it's orbit around the Sun with Solstices and Equinoxes. pg. 391.
52) Fig.28. Demonstration of how some parts of the globe are accelerated and retarded. pg.426.
53) Fig.30. Motion along a circular segment.pg.451.
54) Fig.31. Study of the revolution of the equator. pg.458.
55) Portrait of Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) with Tycho Brahe.

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