The Analysis of Books VII and VIII of Quesiti et inventioni diverse

  • Raffaele Pisano
  • Danilo Capecchi
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 28)


We analyse Niccolò Tartaglia’s Books VII and VIII of the Quesiti et inventioni diverse. The discussion is organized both from historical and epistemological points of view. Particularly, we will focus on the reasoning proposed by Tartaglia against the arguments of the Aristotelian Problemata mechanica on the accuracy and stability of a balance – with large or small arms, and fulcrum below or above – (Book VII) and concerning the principles of the science of weights (Book VIII). The latter arguments are discussed, taking into account de Nemore’s corpus on the science of weights for exploration of the structure of the shared knowledge of early modern statics, aiming to discuss alternative frameworks, and so distinguishing between individual and shared structures in the literature belonging to early modern mechanics. In this sense, this chapter is devoted to historical epistemology of science, presenting an integrated history and epistemology of scientific methods, which combine epistemological and historical approaches to identify significant historical hypotheses within the relationship between physics and mathematics (physical observations and theoretical mechanical modeling).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raffaele Pisano
    • 1
  • Danilo Capecchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsLille 1 University Science and TechnologyVilleneuve d’AscqFrance
  2. 2.Dipartimento di ingegneria strutturale e geotecnicaRoma La Sapienza UniversityRomaItaly

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