Measuring hell - Was modern physics born in the Inferno?
Paper/Screen convergence, 2011
Poetry of physics, physics of poetry
In 1588, when Galileo was a 24-year-old unknown, a medical school dropout, he was invited to deliver a couple of lectures on Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” written around 1315. The insights Galileo gleaned from analyzing Dante’s measurements in fact anticipated a vital principle of structural engineering. In applying mathematical models to Dante’s hell, Mount Holyoke College physics professor Mark Peterson argues, Galileo was laying the groundwork for what would become theoretical physics.
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