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<title> SUMMARY </title>This article wishes to demonstrate the importance of several areas of scientific research, until now neglected, and their relevance to Italian physical sciences in the age between Galileo and Volta. The science of waters, which joined the cluster of the new Galilean sciences in the seventeenth century in particular deserves greater attention if we are to understand the scientific traditions developed South of the Alps. This science represented an extension of the Galilean science of motion in an engineering context, a development that concerned both mathematical and experimental theories. This development took place in the border area between the physical and the mathematical sciences, and also involved the medical and naturalistic traditions. This line of tought led the Italian physical scientists to discover both new fields of research and new forms of social support, and hence overcome the crisis that followed the end of the historic Medicis patronage.

Affiliations: 1: Institute for the History of Science, University of Utrecht


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