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The Reception of the Galilean Science of Motion in Seventeenth-Century Europe / Edition 1
     

The Reception of the Galilean Science of Motion in Seventeenth-Century Europe / Edition 1

by Carla Rita Palmerino, J.M.M.H. Thijssen
 

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ISBN-10: 1402024541

ISBN-13: 9781402024542

Pub. Date: 10/14/2004

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

This book collects contributions by some of the leading scholars working on seventeenth-century mechanics and the mechanical philosophy. Together, the articles provide a broad and accurate picture of the fortune of Galileo's theory of motion in Europe and of the various physical, mathematical, and ontological arguments that were used in favour and against it. Were

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This book collects contributions by some of the leading scholars working on seventeenth-century mechanics and the mechanical philosophy. Together, the articles provide a broad and accurate picture of the fortune of Galileo's theory of motion in Europe and of the various physical, mathematical, and ontological arguments that were used in favour and against it. Were Galileo's contemporaries really aware of what Westfall has described as "the incompatibility between the demands of mathematical mechanics and the needs of mechanical philosophy"? To what extent did Galileo's silence concerning the cause of free fall impede the acceptance of his theory of motion? Which methods were used, before the invention if the infinitesimal calculus, to check the validity of Galileo's laws of free fall and of parabolic motion? And what sorts of experiments were invoked in favour or against these laws? These and related questions are addressed in this volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402024542
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
10/14/2004
Series:
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science Series , #239
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Contributors
Carla Rita Palmerino: Introduction
Alan Gabbey: What Was 'Mechanical' about 'The Mechanical Philosophy'?
Sophie Roux: Cartesian Mechanics
William R. Shea: The 'Rational' Descartes and the 'Empirical' Galileo
H. Floris Cohen: A Historical-Analytical Framework for the Controversies over Galileo’s Conception of Motion
Jochen Büttner, Peter Damerow, Jürgen Renn: Galileo’s Unpublished Treatises. A case study on the role of shared knowledge in the emergence and dissemination of an early modern 'new science'
Enrico Giusti: A Master and his Pupils: Theories of Motion in the Galilean School
Carla Rita Palmerino: Galileo’s Theories of Free Fall and Projectile Motion as Interpreted by Pierre Gassendi
Cees Leijenhorst: Hobbes and the Galilean Law of Free Fall
Christiane Vilain: Christiaan Huygens’ Galilean Mechanics
Wallace Hooper: Seventeenth Century Theories of the Tides as a Gauge of Scientific Change
Michel Blay: Mathematization of the Science of Motion at the Turn of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries: Pierre Varignon
Bibliography
Index

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