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The Construction of Modern Science Richard S. Westfall

The Construction of Modern Science By Richard S. Westfall

The Construction of Modern Science by Richard S. Westfall


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This introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century examines the so-called 'scientific revolution' in terms of the interplay between the Platonic-Pythagorean tradition, which look on nature in geometric terms, and the mechanical philosophy which conceived of nature as a huge machine.

The Construction of Modern Science Summary

The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics by Richard S. Westfall

This introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century examines the so-called 'scientific revolution' in terms of the interplay between two major themes. The Platonic-Pythagorean tradition looked on nature in geometric terms with the conviction that the cosmos was constructed according to the principles of mathematical order, while the mechanical philosophy conceived of nature as a huge machine and sought to explain the hidden mechanisms behind phenomena. Pursuing different goals, these two movements of thought tended to conflict with each other, and more than the obviously mathematical sciences were affected - the influence spread as far as chemistry and the life sciences. As this book demonstrates, the full fruition of the scientific revolution required a resolution of the tension between the two dominant trends.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Celestial dynamics and terrestrial mechanics; 2. The mechanical philosophy; 3. Mechanical science; 4. Mechanical chemistry; 5. Biology and the mechanical philosophy; 6. Organization of the scientific enterprise; 7. The science of mechanics; 8. Newtonian dynamics; Index.

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GOR001578735
9780521292955
0521292956
The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics by Richard S. Westfall
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
19780127
190
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