Galileo on Free Fall

In Chapter 2, I discuss Galileo’s discoveries about the motion of bodies. On page 43 of the English edition, paragraph 4 caused a great deal of unnecessary confusion. Now, in the Spanish edition, the last three sentences have been modified to read:

“Or consider Galileo’s second experiment: Imagine that he had restricted himself to dropping objects of different density through liquids instead of air, perhaps thinking that it would be easier to investigate a slower motion. He actually did such experiments, and concluded that the objects quickly reach a maximum speed that depends on their density, which is similar to what the Greeks had assumed for all falling bodies. Such experiments are easily misinterpreted as evidence that weight is always an essential factor in determining the rate of fall.”