Fabric of the Heavens The Development of Astronomy and Dynamics

ISBN-10: 0226808483

ISBN-13: 9780226808482

Edition: 1999 (Reprint)

Authors: Stephen Toulmin, June Goodfield

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This text, one of three companion volumes, forms an introduction to the central ideas of the modern natural sciences, it is an excellent source for those who have no technical knowledge of the subject.
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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgements Authors'
Foreword
General Introduction: Cosmology
The Sources of the Old Order
Celestial Forecasting The Sources The Problems The Background of the Problems The Solution to the Problems The Wider IssuesHow the Babylonians Computed Conjunctions
The Invention of Theory The Sources The Background The Character of Greek Theory The First Theories From Ingredients to Axioms Plato's Geometrical Astronomy 3. The Premature Synthesis Aristotle's Programme Motion and Change The Celestial MechanismThe Size of the Earth's Sphere
Doubters and Heretics Patching up the Dynamics Amending the Astronomy Aristarchos' Heliocentric Theory
Physics Loses Momentum Four Questions The Political Background to Late Greek Astronomy The Scientific Background: The Retreat from Physics The Scientific Background: An Acquisition Ptolemy's Mathematical Astronomy The Wider Revolt against Philosophy Archimedes and the Circle
The New Perspective and Its Consequences
The Interregnum The Roundabout Journey The Mediaeval Revival The Background to Copernicus Mediaeval Arguments about the Moving Earth Copernicus: His Aim and his Theory Copernicus: His Achievement
Preparing the Ground The Background of the New Science The Work of Tycho Brahe Galileo's Telescopic Discoveries Johann Kepler's Astronomical Physics
The Creation of Mechanics The Change from Aristotle to Newton Treating Motion Mathematically Motion and Force The New Ideal: Straight-Line Motion
The New Picture Takes Shape The Man and his Task Newton's Argument The Character of Newton's Achievement The Unity of Craft and Theory
The Widening Horizon The Loose Ends: (1) Planetary Inequalities The Loose Ends: (2) The Mechanism of Gravity The Larger-Scale Picture The Wider Influences of Newton Certainty and Scientific Theory
Index
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