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Let CABD (Illustr. 20) represent the cross section o f a cylinder either of metal or, preferably, o f glass, hollow inside and accurately turned. Into this is introduced a per­ Illustr. — The fectly fitting cylinder of wood, represented in Force of a Vacuum cross section by EGHF, and capable of upand-down motion. Through the middle of this cylinder is bored a hole to receive an iron wire, carrying a hook at the end K , while the upper end o f the wire, I, is pro­ vided with a conical head. The wooden cylinder is countersunk at the top so as to receive with a perfect fit the conical head of the wire, IK , when pulled down by the end K .

Early in 1616 the expert theologians of the Holy Office published the following edict: “ The view that the Sun stands motionless at the centre o f the universe is foolish, philosophically false, and utterly heretical, because contrary to Holy Scripture. ” All books teaching the doctrine of the Earth’s motion were banned, and Galilei was warned by Pope Paul V not to “ hold, teach, or defend” the Copernican theory. Galilei had left Padua in 1610 and, except for occasional visits to Rome, was living in Florence under the patronage o f the Duke o f Tuscany.

Galilei was perplexed and could not understand it. But the explanation is really as follows. Once a steady state o f flow has been established (assuming the amount o f water in the upper bucket so large that there is, for an appreciable time, sensible constancy o f head) no extra force can be acting on the system consisting o f buckets, fluid, and hangers because the part of the fluid which moves being in steady motion, the total vertical resolute o f momentum o f the system is constant. Hence the total vertical external Illustr.

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