Late Medieval and Early Modern Corpuscular Matter Theories

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This volume deals with corpuscular matter theory that was to emerge as the dominant model in the seventeenth century. By retracing atomist and corpuscularian ideas to a variety of mutually independent medieval and Renaissance sources in natural philosophy, medicine, alchemy, mathematics, and theology, this volume shows the debt of early modern matter theory to previous traditions and thereby explains its bewildering heterogeneity.
The book assembles nineteen carefully selected contributions by some of the most notable historians of medieval and early modern philosophy and science.
All chapters present new research results and will therefore be of interest to historians of philosophy, science, and medicine between 1150 and 1750.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004115163
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/26/2001
  • Series: Medieval and Early Modern Science Series, #1
  • Pages: 612
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Christoph L├╝thy, Ph.D. (1965), Harvard, is a Fellow at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Natural Philosopy at Nijmegen University, The Netherlands. His publications deal with early modern philosophers and scientists (J.C. Scaliger, Bruno, Basson, Sennert), with theories of matter, microscopy, and scientific imagery.
John E. Murdoch is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he teaches ancient and medieval science and philosophy. Although he has published in medieval Latin mathematics, most of his articles deal with fourteenth-century natural philosophy.
William R. Newman is Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University. He has written numerous articles on medieval and early modern alchemy and matter theory, and his most recent book is Gehennical Fire: The Lives of Georges Starkey. An American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution (Harvard University Press, 1994).
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