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Let, for instance, ab be the balance [beam] and c its point of suspension; let a piece of some metal be suspended at b and counterbalanced by the weight d. The difference between the distance af and the distance ae will be the same as the difference between the [specific] gravity of gold and that of silver. I think it probable that bilancettx method is the same that Archimedes followed, since, besides being very accurate, it is based on demonstrations found by Archimedes himself.

This [principle] was demonstrated by Archimedes, but because his demonstration is very laborious I shall leave it aside, so as not to take too much time, and I shall demonstrate it by other means. In order to support my view, I shall quote his early experimental work and first show the extent to which he was able to analyse his results in depth by himself.

Thus the bilanceta of gold in water decreases less than that of silver, since the first decreases by a twentieth, the second by a twelfth. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Suspend it in its middle point; then adjust the arms so that they are in equilibrium, by thinning out whichever happens to be heavier; and bilanceta one of the arms mark the points where the counterpoises of the pure metals go when these are weighed in water, being careful to weigh the purest metals that can be found. Set up a giveaway.

A journal focused on epistemology, history and philosophy of science and in analytic philosophy. If the ball were made of water it would have no weight at all because water inside water neither rises nor sinks. When then I shall want to know the proportion between fg and ge I shall count the number of turns in fg and the number of turns in geand I shall find, for instance, that the turns in fg are 40 and the turns in ge 21, I shall say that in the mixture there are 40 parts of gold and 21 of silver.


To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Thus, partly through our hearing, and partly through our hand feeling an obstacle at each turn of wire, we shall easily count said turns. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It will be available on this URL in January This point will be closer to c [than is e ], as the experiment shows us, because silver is lighter than gold. He consulted with them and their advice helped him to come to his final conclusion regarding his insight.

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Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: So, for instance, let us assume that the mixture of gold and silver bilsncetta at bbalanced in air by dand that his counterweight goes to g when the mixture is immersed in water.

Let us now suppose that silver, which is less heavy than gold, weighs twelve times as much as water; if silver is weighed in water its weight will decrease by a twelfth.

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Contents – Previous document. And from their number, as I said before, we shall obtain the precise quantity of pure metals of which the mixture is composed.

Indice interattivo – Presentazione – La Bilancetta – Note.

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Thus, for instance, in a mixture of gold and silver the coils toward the mark for silver bilanectta give the quantity of gold, and the coils toward the mark for gold will indicate the quantity of silver; and the same is valid for other mixtures. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. And at last, after having carefully gone over all that Archimedes demonstrates in his books On Floating Bodies and Equilibriuma method came to my mind which very accurately solves our problem.


Archimedes – Galileo Galilei, La bilancetta, in Opere di Galileo Galilei (facsimile)

Come, per essempio, sia la bilancia abil cui perpendicolo c ; ed una massa di qualche metallo sia appesa in bcontrapesata dal peso d.

But my knowing that this way was altogether false and lacking that precision which is needed in mathematical questions made me think several times how, by means of water, one could exactly determine the mixture of two metals. We must however note that the distance gfending in the mark for silver, will show the amount of gold, and the distance ge ending in the mark for gold will indicate the quantity of silver; so that, if fg will be twice gethe said mixture will be of two [parts] of gold and one of silver.

O n the marks for the pure metals wind a single turn of very fine wire, and around the intervals between marks wind a brass wire, also very fine: Let us assume, for instance, that gold weighs twenty times as much as water; it is evident from what we said that gold will weight less in water than in air by a twentieth of its total weight [in air]. L et us then assume that weight b is gold and that when this is weighed in water, the counterpoise goes back to e ; then we do the same with very pure silver and when we weigh it in water its counterpoise goes in f.

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Thus, for instance, on the marks ef I wind only two turns of steel wire and I do this to distinguish them from brass ; and then I go on filling up the entire space between e and f by winding on it a very find brass wire, which will divide the space ef into many small equal part.

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