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

The Construction of Modern Science

Mechanisms and Mechanics

Paperback Published: 29th May 1978
ISBN: 9780521292955
Number Of Pages: 190

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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 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.

Celestial dynamics and terrestrial mechanics
The mechanical philosophy
Mechanical science
Mechanical chemistry
Biology and the mechanical philosophy
Organization of the scientific enterprise
The science of mechanics
Newtonian dynamics
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ISBN: 9780521292955
ISBN-10: 0521292956
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History of Science
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 29th May 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 17.5  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3

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