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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The Invention of Physical Science

Intersections of Mathematics, Theology and Natural Philosophy Since the Seventeenth Century Essays in Honor of Erwin N. Hiebert

Editors: Nye, M.J., Richards, J., Stuewer, Roger H. (Eds.)

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Modern physical science is constituted by specialized scientific fields rooted in experimental laboratory work and in rational and mathematical representations. Contemporary scientific explanation is rigorously differentiated from religious interpretation, although, to be sure, scientists sometimes do the philosophical work of interpreting the metaphysics of space, time, and matter. However, it is rare that either theologians or philosophers convincingly claim that they are doing the scientific work of physical scientists and mathematicians.
The rigidity of these divisions and differentiations is relatively new. Modern physical science was invented slowly and gradually through interactions of the aims and contents of mathematics, theology, and natural philosophy since the seventeenth century. In essays ranging in focus from seventeenth-century interpretations of heavenly comets to twentieth-century explanations of tracks in bubble chambers, ten historians of science demonstrate metaphysical and theological threads continuing to underpin the epistemology and practice of the physical sciences and mathematics, even while they became disciplinary specialties during the last three centuries. The volume is prefaced by tributes to Erwin N. Hiebert, whose teaching and scholarship have addressed and inspired attention to these issues.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Devils’ Hells and Astronomers’ Heavens: Religion, Method, and Popular Culture in Speculations About Life on Comets

    Pages 3-26

    Genuth, Sara Schechner

  • The Doctrine of Chances Without Chance: Determinism, Mathematical Probability, and Quantification in the Seventeenth Century

    Pages 27-50

    Daston, Lorraine J.

  • God, Truth, and Mathematics in Nineteenth Century England

    Pages 51-78

    Richards, Joan L.

  • Theologians, Science, and Theories of Truth in Nineteenth-Century Germany

    Pages 81-96

    Gregory, Frederick

  • Equivalence, Pragmatic Platonism, and Discovery of the Calculus

    Pages 97-116

    Sigurdsson, Skuli

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Invention of Physical Science
Book Subtitle
Intersections of Mathematics, Theology and Natural Philosophy Since the Seventeenth Century Essays in Honor of Erwin N. Hiebert
Editors
  • M.J. Nye
  • J. Richards
  • Roger H. Stuewer
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
139
Copyright
1992
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-2488-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-2488-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-1753-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-5097-5
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 278
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