Palmieri, Paolo

Paolo Palmieri is Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from the University of London.

History of Galileo’s Inclined Plane Experiment and Its Philosophical Implications
2011 0-7734-1481-9
The book is a history and philosophy of Galileo's inclined plane experiment. It deploys an integrated historical pragmatist methodology to reflect on what we can learn from those events and their significance for our understanding of experimental practice in science.

Reenacting Galileo’s Experiments: Rediscovering the Techniques of Seventeenth-Century Science
2008 0-7734-5018-1
This book explores the innovative methodology—experimental philosophy of Galileo. The author’s own methodology consists of identifying frameworks of dependencies that bond texts within broader traditions and in articulating the consequences of assumptions in rendering texts meaningful to historical actors.

In addition to the text of this book, readers are invited to consult the corresponding website of the Experimental History and Philosophy of Science Research Unit at the University of Pittsburgh (
This website contains a series of videos illustrating some recently performed reconstructions of Galileo’s experiments and a 68 page-long report of the team’s reenactment of them.