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From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe - Alexandre Koyre

From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe

Paperback Published: 10th January 1968
ISBN: 9780801803475
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 22+ years old

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During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a radical change occurred in the patterns and the framework of European thought. In the wake of discoveries through the telescope and Copernican theory, the notion of an ordered cosmos of "fixed stars" gave way to that of a universe infinite in both time and space -- with significant and far-reaching consequences for human thought. Alexandre KoyrA(c) interprets this revolution in terms of the change that occurred in our conception of the universe and our place in it and shows the primacy of this change in the development of the modern world.

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An important contribution to the problem of the transition from the world view characteristic of the medieval centuries to that which rapidly gained acceptance after the seventeenth century. * Philosophical Quarterly * Koyre has provided the material and has illuminated it with uniformly perceptive and occasionally brilliant commentary... An important contribution to the study of 17th-century thought. -- Thomas S. Kuhn * Science * A model of scholarliness without pedantry, of clarity without oversimplification. -- Arthur Koestler * Encounter * Surely a work that will be welcomed alike by the scientist, philosopher, and historian of ideas. * Philosophy and Phenomenological Research *

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Sky and the Heavens Nicholas of Cusa and Marcellus Paligeniusp. 5
The New Astronomy and the New Metaphysics N. Copernicus, Th. Digges, G. Bruno and W. Gilbertp. 28
The New Astronomy against the New Metaphysics Johannes Kepler's Rejection of Infinityp. 58
Things Never Seen Before and Thoughts Never Thought: the Discovery of New Stars in the World Space and the Materialization of Space Galieo and Descartesp. 88
Indefinite Extension or Infinite Space Descartes and Henry Morep. 110
God and Space, Spirit and Matter Henry Morep. 125
Absolute Space, Absolute Time and Their Relations to God Malebranche, Newton and Bentleyp. 155
The Divinization of Space Joseph Raphsonp. 190
God and the World: Space, Matter, Ether and Spirit Isaac Newtonp. 206
Absolute Space and Absolute Time: God's Frame of Action Berkeley and Newtonp. 221
The Work-Day God and the God of the Sabbath Newton and Leibnizp. 235
Conclusion: The Divine Artifex and the Dieu Faineantp. 273
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 305
Typical pre-Copernican diagram of the universep. 7
Thomas Digges's diagram of the infinite Copernican universep. 37
The figure M of Keplerp. 79
Galileo's star-picture of the shield and sword of Orionp. 93
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ISBN: 9780801803475
ISBN-10: 0801803470
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 10th January 1968
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.17 x 12.85  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.37