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Author Westfall, Richard S., author

Title The construction of modern science : mechanisms and mechanics / Richard S. Westfall
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1977


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Description xiii, 171 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series History of science
History of science (John Wiley & Sons)
Contents 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
Summary 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. -- from back cover
Analysis Mechanics, 1600-1700
Notes Reprint of the 1971 edition published by Wiley, New York, in series: Wiley history of science
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 160-165) and index
Subject Mechanics -- History.
Science -- History.
Science -- history.
Mechanics -- history
Science -- history.
LC no. 77084001
ISBN 0521218632
0521292956 (paperback)
9780521292955 (paperback)