The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics / Edition 1

The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics / Edition 1

by Richard S. Westfall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521292956

ISBN-13: 9780521292955

Pub. Date: 01/28/1978

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century examines the so-called 'scientific revolution' in terms of the interplay between two major themes. The Platonic-Pythagorean tradition looked on nature in geometric terms with the conviction that the cosmos was constructed according to the principles of mathematical order, while the mechanical

Overview

This introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century examines the so-called 'scientific revolution' in terms of the interplay between two major themes. The Platonic-Pythagorean tradition looked on nature in geometric terms with the conviction that the cosmos was constructed according to the principles of mathematical order, while the mechanical philosophy conceived of nature as a huge machine and sought to explain the hidden mechanisms behind phenomena. Pursuing different goals, these two movements of thought tended to conflict with each other, and more than the obviously mathematical sciences were affected - the influence spread as far as chemistry and the life sciences. As this book demonstrates, the full fruition of the scientific revolution required a resolution of the tension between the two dominant trends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521292955
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1978
Series:
Cambridge Studies in the History of Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
171
Sales rank:
1,058,025
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Celestial dynamics and terrestrial mechanics; 2. The mechanical philosophy; 3. Mechanical science; 4. Mechanical chemistry; 5. Biology and the mechanical philosophy; 6. Organization of the scientific enterprise; 7. The science of mechanics; 8. Newtonian dynamics; Index.

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