Thinking with Objects: The Transformation of Mechanics in the Seventeenth Century

Thinking with Objects: The Transformation of Mechanics in the Seventeenth Century

by Domenico Bertoloni Meli
     
 

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Thinking with Objects offers a fresh view of the transformation that took place in mechanics during the 17th century. By giving center stage to objects -- levers, inclined planes, beams, pendulums, springs, and falling and projected bodies -- Domenico Bertoloni Meli provides a unique and comprehensive portrayal of mechanics as practitioners understood it at the

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Thinking with Objects offers a fresh view of the transformation that took place in mechanics during the 17th century. By giving center stage to objects -- levers, inclined planes, beams, pendulums, springs, and falling and projected bodies -- Domenico Bertoloni Meli provides a unique and comprehensive portrayal of mechanics as practitioners understood it at the time.

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review - William R. Shea

An important contribution... and his book should find a welcome place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of the Scientific Revolution.

Australian Physics - Michael Box

A very interesting book... I have no doubt that it is destined to find a pivotal place in the study of the history of science.

Renaissance Quarterly - Jurgen Renn

The most important contribution to the history of mechanics of the last decade, likely to become a standard reference and without any doubt a must for every historian of physics.

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences - Margaret Jacob

A superb, if difficult book, that belongs as basic to the curriculum of early modern history of science.

British Journal for the History of Science - Peter Dear

Meli's stress on the importance of engagements with materiality in the development of seventeenth-century mechanics thus achieves a spectacular vindication in demonstrating the full meaning of Newton's pretensions to be contributing not just to 'mathematics' in the Principia, but to natural philosophy itself.

Metascience - Sophie Roux

[Meli's] approach is new and convincing... a groundbreaking change of focus.

Isis - Edith Dudley Sylla

Full of pertinent detail in the text itself, Thinking with Objects cleverly uses the captions of figures to provide more extended samples of seventeenth–century arguments, thus demonstrating in practice how helpful it is to think with visual or geometric representations.

Huntington Library Quarterly - Craig Martin

Thinking with Objects is a significant book. Its success lies in reformulating our ideas of the methods and practices of early modern sciences... No serious future study of early modern physics and its transformations will be able to ignore the analyses and conclusions of this work.

Choice

The revival of extensive discourses makes this a unique, invaluable resource for any study of the history of science.

Isis
Full of pertinent detail in the text itself, Thinking with Objects cleverly uses the captions of figures to provide more extended samples of seventeenth–century arguments, thus demonstrating in practice how helpful it is to think with visual or geometric representations.

— Edith Dudley Sylla

PhiloBiblos

Clearly the result of meticulous research and extensive study, I suspect this work will stand the test of time.

Physics Education
Fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of science... incredibly thorough.

— David Nuttall

American Historical Review
An important contribution... and his book should find a welcome place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the history of the Scientific Revolution.

— William R. Shea

Australian Physics
A very interesting book... I have no doubt that it is destined to find a pivotal place in the study of the history of science.

— Michael Box

Renaissance Quarterly
The most important contribution to the history of mechanics of the last decade, likely to become a standard reference and without any doubt a must for every historian of physics.

— Jurgen Renn

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
A superb, if difficult book, that belongs as basic to the curriculum of early modern history of science.

— Margaret Jacob

British Journal for the History of Science
Meli's stress on the importance of engagements with materiality in the development of seventeenth-century mechanics thus achieves a spectacular vindication in demonstrating the full meaning of Newton's pretensions to be contributing not just to 'mathematics' in the Principia, but to natural philosophy itself.

— Peter Dear

Metascience
[Meli's] approach is new and convincing... a groundbreaking change of focus.

— Sophie Roux

Huntington Library Quarterly
Thinking with Objects is a significant book. Its success lies in reformulating our ideas of the methods and practices of early modern sciences... No serious future study of early modern physics and its transformations will be able to ignore the analyses and conclusions of this work.

— Craig Martin

Physics Education - David Nuttall

Fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of science... incredibly thorough.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801884269
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Pamela O. Long

A brilliant study that is sure to become a classic in its field. Here, the author radically shifts the focus of traditional scholarship and that of historiographic inquiry. He effectively challenges many presuppositions that have been brought to the history of the scientific revolution, including the one that assumes the separation of experimental and mathematical traditions, showing that modern distinctions between theory and practice are just that, modern, and not necessarily applicable to early modern categories. An erudite, profoundly learned, and important work.

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