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This sense being more material than the others and having its rise in the solidity of matter, it seems to be related to the earthy element. And since some bodies continually dissolve into minute particles of which some are heavier than air and descend, while others are lighter and rise on high, perhaps herein lies the origin of two other senses, accordingly as these particles strike us upon two parts of our bodies which are very much more sensitive than the skin and which feel the invasion of such subtle, tenuous, and yielding matter.
The Assayer\ It now remains, in accordance with the promise made above to your Excellency, for me to tell you some of my thoughts about the proposition, "Motion is the cause of heat," and to show in what sense this may be true in my opinion. But first I must give some consideration to what we call "heat," for I much suspect t Ref. (6), pp. 308-13. 44 INTERPRETING SENSE IMPRESSIONS 45 that in general people have a conception of this which is very remote from the truth, believing heat to be a real attribute, property, and quality which actually resides in the material by which we feel ourselves warmed.
The tongue and the nasal passages are indeed seen to be providently arranged for the above as to location; the former extends from below to receive the incursions of descending particles, while the latter are accommodated for those which ascend. Perhaps the excitation of tastes may be likened with a certain analogy to fluids, which descend through the air, and odors to fires, which ascend. Next the element of air remains available for sounds; these come to us indifferently from below, from above, and from all sides, since we are situated in the air and its movements within its own domain displace it equally in all directions.
Men of Physics: Galileo Galilei, his Life and his Works. The Commonwealth and International Library: Selected Readings in Physics by Raymond J. Seeger