In fact, more than mere "superficial observations" had been madelong before Galileo set to work. For example, Nicolas Oresme and othersat the University of Paris had by 1330 discovered the same distancetime relationship for falling bodies that Galileo was to announce inthe Two New Sciences. It will help you to have a plan clearly in mindas you progress through the rest of this chapter. As you study eachsucceeding section, ask yourself whether Galileo is


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