> Yes, I completely agree. As you will have to stand my poor English, i > will try not to wander too much, but a lot of things could also be said > about authority arguments (like Aristotle saying heavy weights fall > faster than light ones) and the fact 1500 years were needed for someone > (Galileo, of course) to make the experiment... Think about that one: is > it so clear that 1) Aristotle was, therefore ,a complete idiot (he is > supposed to be the cleverest man of his times, and for good reasons) 2) > Before Galileo, everybody was unable to see the evidence (just try > letting fall a big rock and a small pebble, and watch) 3) Or you would be > burned by the Church if you dare say that Aristotle was not ,after all, > perfect?
Galileo didn't actually have to do the experiment, and there is a very good chance that he never did. Since the left half of an object falls at the same rate as the whole object, Aristotle was obviously full of hooey; that's the way I figured it out when the question was posed in 7th grade and I was too lazy to go out and try measuring it. I was delighted to discover years later that Galileo had imagined a heavy object and a light object tied together with a string and came to the same conclusion; none of this tower of Pisa urban legend for him.