Galilei, Galileo, Mechanics, 1665

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GALILEUS,
HIS
MECHANICKS:
OF THE BENEFIT DERIVED
FROM THE SCIENCE OF MECHANICKS,
AND FROM ITS INSTRUMENTS.
I judged it extreamly neceſſary, before our
deſcending to the Speculation of Mecha-
nick Inſtruments, to conſider how I might,
as it were, ſet before your eyes in a gene-
ral Diſcourſe, the many benefits that are
derived from the ſaid Inſtruments: and
this I have thought my ſelf the more ob-
liged to do, for that (if I am not miſtaken)
I have ſeen the generality of Mechaniti-
ans deceive themſelves in going about to apply Machines to many
operations of their own nature impoſſible; by the ſucceſſe where-
of they have been diſappointed, and others likewiſe fruſtrate of
the hope which they had conceived upon the promiſe of thoſe pre-
ſumptuous undertakers: of which miſtakes I think I have found
the principall cauſe to be the belief and conſtant opinion theſe

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