Note: entries in green are in the course packet.

Week Reading / Discussion Laboratory / Writing
Jan. 30 Begin Galileo's Daughter
Feb. 4-6

(T) Dialogue on Ancient and Modern Music

Pythagoras

Iamblichus on Pythagoras

The Vibrating String

(Th) Lucio Russo, La Rivoluzione Dimenticata

The Monocord
Feb. 11-13

(T) Euclid's Elements

See the Postulates, and work through the first 6 Propositions

(Th) The Geometric and Military Compass

Dialogue Concerning the Two World Systems, pp. 103-105.

Triangulation, Perspective
Feb. 18-20

(T) Archimedes, On the Equilibrium of Planes

Vitruvius

Galileo, The Little Balance

(Th) Polybius and Plutarch on Archimedes

Aristotle, On the Heavens, Book I, Chapters 1-5.

Galileo's Early Notes

La Bilancetta

Optional: a modern analysis.

Feb. 25-27

(T) Two Lectures on Dante

(Th) Cecco Ronchitti

no lab
Mar. 4-6

(T) Questions on Mechanics

(Th) The Starry Messenger, in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Telescope
Mar. 11-13

(T) Archimedes, On Floating Bodies

Galileo, Floating Bodies

Read as far as "A nice example"

(Th) Floating Bodies

Read from "Objections of Signor Buonamico" to the end, skipping where it is too difficult.

Aristotle, On the Heavens, Book IV, Chapters 5-6.

Floating
BREAK
BREAK: Finish Galileo's Daughter
BREAK
Mar. 25-27

(T) Ptolemy, Copernicus

(Th) Sunspot Letters, in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo

Orbit of Venus
Apr 1-3

(T) Galileo on the Copernican Opinion, in The Galileo Affair, pp. 70-86.

(Th) The Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina, in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo.

Visit to Observatory
Apr 8-10

(T) Early Inquisition Documents, in The Galileo Affair, Chapter V, pp. 134-153.

Two letters relating to Tomaso Caccini

(Th) On the Three Comets of the Year 1618

The Assayer, in Discoveries and Opinions of Galileo, pp. 231-280.

Time
Apr 15-17

Dialogue Concerning the Two Principal World Systems

(T) Dedication, Forward to the Discerning Reader, First Day, beginning-p. 22, 29-62, 71-82, 97-98, 101-105.

(Th) Second Day, 106-136, 141-149, 174-177, 180-182, 186-189, 206-208, 218-225.

Rolling
Apr 22-24

(T) Dialogue Concerning the Two Principal World Systems, Third Day, 276-310, 320-328, 334-336, 339-355; Fourth Day, 416-434, 449-452, 462-465.

(Th) Later Inquisition Documents, Chapter IX, THE GALILEO AFFAIR pp. 218-222, pp. 256-293.

Parabolas
Apr. 29-May 1

(T) Later Inquisition Documents, Chapter IX, THE GALILEO AFFAIR pp. 218-222, pp. 256-293.

(Th) Galileo's Discovery of Scaling Laws

Two New Sciences, First and Second Days, 1-20, 40-44, 60-70, 84-85, 98-104, 106-108, 130-133, 135-136.

 
May 6 Two New Sciences, Galileo's Daughter