History of Mechanism and Machine Science

Epistemology and Natural Philosophy in the 18th Century

The Roots of Modern Physics

Authors: Capecchi, Danilo

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  • Will appeal to philosophers, historians of science, and scientists
  • Proposes a new interpretation of the transformation in the study and philosophy of nature during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
  • Underscores the role of mathematicians in transforming natural philosophy into modern science
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This book documents the process of transformation from natural philosophy, which was considered the most important of the sciences until the early modern era, into modern disciplines such as mathematics, physics, natural history, chemistry, medicine and engineering. It focuses on the 18th century, which has often been considered uninteresting for the history of science, representing the transition from the age of genius and the birth of modern science (the 17th century) to the age of prodigious development in the 19th century. Yet the 18th century, the century of Enlightenment, as will be demonstrated here, was in fact characterized by substantial ferment and novelty.

To make the text more accessible, little emphasis has been placed on the precise genesis of the various concepts and methods developed in scientific enterprises, except when doing so was necessary to make them clear. For the sake of simplicity, in several situations reference is made to the authors who are famous today, such as Newton, the Bernoullis, Euler, d’Alembert, Lagrange, Lambert, Volta et al. – not necessarily because they were the most creative and original minds, but mainly because their writings represent a synthesis of contemporary and past studies. The above names should, therefore, be considered more labels of a period than references to real historical characters.

About the authors

Danilo Capecchi was professor of Structural Mechanics at University of Rome La Sapienza. His research into the history of science focuses mainly on classical mechanics.


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Epistemology and Natural Philosophy in the 18th Century
Book Subtitle
The Roots of Modern Physics
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
39
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52852-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52852-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52851-5
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 550
Number of Illustrations
99 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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