The Continuous and the Discrete: Ancient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective by Michael J. White | 9780198239529 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Continuous and the Discrete: Ancient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective

The Continuous and the Discrete: Ancient Physical Theories from a Contemporary Perspective

by Michael J. White
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198239521

ISBN-13: 9780198239529

Pub. Date: 04/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book presents a detailed analysis of three ancient models of spatial magnitude, time, and local motion. The Aristotelian model is presented as an application of the ancient, geometrically orthodox conception of extension to the physical world. The other two models, which represent departures from mathematical orthodoxy, are a "quantum" model of

Overview

This book presents a detailed analysis of three ancient models of spatial magnitude, time, and local motion. The Aristotelian model is presented as an application of the ancient, geometrically orthodox conception of extension to the physical world. The other two models, which represent departures from mathematical orthodoxy, are a "quantum" model of spatial magnitude, and a Stoic model, according to which limit entities such as points, edges, and surfaces do not exist in (physical) reality. The book is unique in its discussion of these ancient models within the context of later philosophical, scientific, and mathematical developments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198239529
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

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