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Robert Boyle A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature

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ISBN-10: 0521567963

ISBN-13: 9780521567961

Edition: 1996

Authors: Robert Boyle, Edward B. Davis, Michael Hunter, Karl Ameriks, Desmond M. Clarke

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In this book, published in 1686, the scientist Robert Boyle (1627-91) attacked prevailing notions of the natural world which depicted Nature as a wise, benevolent and purposeful being. Boyle, one of the leading mechanical philosophers of his day, believed that the world was best understood as a vast, impersonal machine, fashioned by an infinite, personal God. In this cogent treatise, he drew on his scientific findings, his knowledge of contemporary medicine and his deep reflection on theological and philosophical issues, arguing that it was inappropriate both theologically and scientifically to speak of Nature as if it had a mind of its own: instead, the only true efficient causes of things…    
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List price: $64.99
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/7/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.02" wide x 9.02" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Born in Munster, Ireland, of English parents, Robert Boyle was among the earliest scientists who studied nature and drew conclusions justified by experiments. A son of a wealthy man, he received a good education. In 1654 he set up a laboratory in Oxford, England, and hired Robert Hooke (1634-1703) as his laboratory assistant. Boyle and Hooke designed a greatly improved air pump, which enabled them to study the behavior of air by creating a sufficient vacuum. In 1660 Boyle published Spring and Weight of the Air in which he articulated Boyle's Law, describing the inverse relationship between the temperature and the pressure of a gas. In 1661 Boyle published The Sceptical Chymist in which he…    

A renowned world expert on Robert Boyle,Michael Hunteris professor of history, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature
The Preface