How came a man who had never heard of Stevinus to be a member of the Brussels Academy?
In hydrostatics, Stevinus had extended and applied the discovery of Archimedes.
The first discovery made in hydrostatics since the time of Archimedes is due to Stevinus.
But all this does not affect in the least the historical value of Stevinus's thoughts.
It is possible, that Galileo was ignorant of the demonstration given by Stevinus of the law of equilibrium in the inclined plane.
If we were to reproduce Stevinus's demonstration to-day, we should have to change it slightly.
My father, you may be sure, did not offer to lay any more wagers upon Stevinus's head.
What business Stevinus had in this affair,—is the greatest problem of all:——It shall be solved,—but not in the next chapter.
It will be observed that the studies of Galileo and Stevinus were chiefly concerned with the force of gravitation.
I cannot conceive how it is possible, quoth my uncle Toby, for such a thing as a sermon to have got into my Stevinus.