Physics, Cosmology and Astronomy, 1300-1700: Tension and Accommodation / Edition 1

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Twelve papers (of 20 presented) from a spring 1984 workshop, Tel-Aviv, Israel, deal with the development of a new science from the tensions among the branches of medieval philosophy. The contributions also cover the ancient background (Islamic and Jewish contributions) as well as optics, science and religion, natural philosophy and mathematics, and science and political power. Indexed by name only. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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One.- Ancient Background.- Images of Plato In Late Antiquity.- Hunches That did not come off: Some Problems in Greek Science.- Two.- Islamic and Jewish Contributions.- (Al-)Chemical Foundations For Cosmo-Logical Ideas: Ibn Sînâ on the Geology of an Eternal World.- Levi ben Gerson: On Astronomy and Physical Experiments.- The Astronomy of Rabbi Moses Isserles.- Three.- Medieval Cosmology, Natural Philosophy, and Optics.- Celestial Incorruptibility in Medieval Cosmology 1200–1687.- The Oxford Calculators and Mathematical Physics: John Dumbleton’s Summa Logicae et Philosophiae Naturalis, Parts II and III.- Experiment in Medieval Optics.- Four.- Kepler: Cosmology, Astronomy, and Light.- The New Celestial Physics of Johannes Kepler.- Kepler and the Incorporeality of Light.- Five.- Science, Religion, and Political Power.- One Truth Or More? Demarcation in the Universe of Discourse.- Science At The Tuscan Court, 1642–1667.- Notes on Contributors.- Name Index.

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