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History of Mechanism and Machine Science

The Path to Post-Galilean Epistemology

Reinterpreting the Birth of Modern Science

Authors: Capecchi, Danilo

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  • Proposes a new interpretation of the transformation in the study and philosophy of nature during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
  • Stresses the role of mathematicians
  • Explores Galilean and post-Galilean epistemology in depth
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This book casts new light on the process that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries led to a profound transformation in the study of nature with the emergence of mechanistic philosophy, the new mixed mathematics, and the establishment of the experimental approach. It is argued that modern European science originated from Hellenistic mathematics not so much because of rediscovery of the latter but rather because its “applied” components, namely mechanics, optics, harmonics, and astronomy, and their methodologies continued to be transmitted throughout the Middle Ages without serious interruption. Furthermore, it is proposed that these “applied” components played a role in their entirety; thus, for example, “new” mechanics derived not only from “old” mechanics but also from harmonics, optics, and astronomy. Unlike other texts on the subject, the role of mathematicians is stressed over that of philosophers of nature and the focus is particularly on epistemological aspects. In exploring Galilean and post-Galilean epistemology, attention is paid to the contributions of Galileo’s disciples and also the impact of his enemies. The book will appeal to both historians of science and scientists.

About the authors

Danilo Capecchi is Professor of Mechanics of Solids and History of Science at the University of Rome La Sapienza. His research into the history of science focuses mainly on classical mechanics.

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“For those interested in a deep understanding of the changes in (applied) mathematics—as well as in natural philosophy—that occurred in the early modern era, the pleasant reading of the present book is certainly encouraged.” (Salvatore Esposito, Mathematical Reviews, March, 2018)

“This deep and well documented work traces the history of the (increasingly) mathematical treatment of natural phenomena … from the time of Plato and Aristotle to Descartes. … The breadth of sources and the care with which they are documented should make this work an important source for those with a strong interest in the history of science. The author introduces the work and methods of the famous and the not-so-famous in an engaging, detailed and complete manner.” (Richard J. Wilders, MAA Reviews, September, 2017)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 96,29 €
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Softcover 121,31 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Path to Post-Galilean Epistemology
Book Subtitle
Reinterpreting the Birth of Modern Science
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
34
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-58310-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-58310-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-58309-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86373-3
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 533
Number of Illustrations
118 b/w illustrations
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