Construction of Modern Science Mechanisms and Mechanics

ISBN-10: 0521292956
ISBN-13: 9780521292955
Edition: 1977
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/27/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 190
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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.

Richard S. Westfall was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, where he taught from 1963 to 1989. His books include Science and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England; The Construction of Modern Science; Force in Newton�s Physics; Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton; Essays on the Trial of Galileo; and The Life of Isaac Newton. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Literature.

Introduction
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
Index

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