By Tito M. Tonietti
We convey into complete gentle a few excerpts on musical matters which have been earlier scattered during the most famed clinical texts. the most medical and musical cultures open air of Europe also are considered. the 1st and most vital estate to underline within the clinical texts tested this is the language they're written in. which means our multicultural background of the sciences inevitably additionally turns into a evaluate of some of the dominant languages utilized in the several historic contexts. during this quantity, the historical past of the advance of the sciences is advised because it occurred in actual contexts, no longer in an alienated perfect world.
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Sopra l’altro a chi tocca sostenere il falso? ” [“. . whether they consider it a great advantage to have the one who, in a dispute about natural matters, argues sustaining the truth, rather than the other one, who is left to sustain what is false. I know that they will answer affirmatively, and that he who sustains the true part may have thousands of experiments and thousands of necessary proofs on his side, and that the other cannot have anything better than sophisms, paralogisms, and fallacies”].
Over time, this kind of carnal ‘knowledge’ become proverbial. If they had not been convinced to be converted to Christianity, those imperial officials would not have been happy to abandon the Confucian (or Taoist) art of mixing, amalgamating and connecting things together in order to understand them. In the following years, however, the initial relative success of the Jesuits was to turn into a heavy defeat. The Chinese officials converted to Christianity, among whom the most influential was Xu Guangqi, together with the Jesuits, tried to carry out the reform of the Chinese calendar.
52 In his Discorsi e dimostrazioni matematiche intorno a due nuove scienze [Discourses and mathematical demonstrations regarding two new sciences], Galileo repeated, after including his mathematics even in the title, that “. . ” [“. . all the reasonings of mechanics have their bases in geometry”]. He even tried to go beyond his own 51 52 Galileo Galilei 1996, I pp. 631–632. Galileo Galilei 1996, II, pp. 27–28 and 260. 2 Reaping What Has Been Sown. Galileo Galilei, the Jesuits and the Chinese 25 geometrical knowledge, which he had largely derived from the ancients, Euclid and Archimedes.