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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading, 21 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)
It's amazing that a modern English translation of this classic wasn't attempted until 1952, so it's not generally available as an e-book (except for excerpts). But the full version is well worth reading. Given that his main experience of tides was in Venice (whose tides are mainly diurnal), and that gravitation wasn't properly understood at the time, his theory of the tides wasn't as rubbishy as most people have assumed since the 18th C. But it's the delightful way he knocks Aristotle off his perch that is the best part, starting with his tongue in cheek preface.
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