Much Ado about Nothing: Theories of Space and Vacuum from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution

by Edward Grant
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0521229839
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ISBN-13: 9780521229838
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/29/1981
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Intracosmic Space: Scope of study; 1. Aristotle on void space; 2. Medieval conceptions of the nature and properties of void space; 3. The possibility of motion in void space; 4. Nature's abhorrence of a vacuum; Part II. Infinite Void Space Beyond the World: Largely a theological problem; 5. The historical roots of the medieval concept of an infinite, extracosmic void space; 6. Late medieval conceptions of extracosmic ('imaginary') void space; 7. Extracosmic, infinite void space in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century scholastic thought; 8. Infinite space in nonscholastic thought during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; Part III. Summary and Reflections: 9. Summary and reflections; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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