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Galileo’s Law of Falling Bodies

Pisa, Italy, December 1612: A new test of an old idea about motion.

In ancient Greek times Aristotle observed and claimed that heavier bodies fall faster than small light ones of the same material.

“A mass of gold or lead, or of any other body endowed with weight is quicker to fall in proportion to it’s size.”  ~Aristotle

In Pisa Italy, Galileo also conducted experiments with falling objects.  As legend has it, he dropped two objects of different mass off of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  The objects fell at the same speed hitting the ground at the same time.  The results of his experiment contradicted Aristotle’s theories and led him to publish the ‘Law of Falling Bodies’

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