Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Mechanics and Natural Philosophy before the Scientific Revolution

Editors: Laird, Walter Roy, Roux, Sophie (Eds.)

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  • The emergence of the modern science of mechanics in the Renaissance
  • The conflicts between Aristotelian natural philosophy and mechanics
  • Science before the Scientific Revolution
  • The appropriation and transformation of ancient learning in the Renaissance
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Modern mechanics was forged in the seventeenth century from materials inherited from Antiquity and transformed in the period from the Middle Ages through to the sixteenth century. These materials were transmitted through a number of textual traditions and within several disciplines and practices, including ancient and medieval natural philosophy, statics, the theory and design of machines, and mathematics.

This volume deals with a variety of moments in the history of mechanics when conflicts arose within one textual tradition, between different traditions, or between textual traditions and the wider world of practice. Its purpose is to show how the accommodations sometimes made in the course of these conflicts ultimately contributed to the emergence of modern mechanics.

The first part of the volume is concerned with ancient mechanics and its transformations in the Middle Ages; the second part with the reappropriation of ancient mechanics and especially with the reception of the Pseudo-Aristotelian Mechanica in the Renaissance; and the third and final part, with early-modern mechanics in specific social, national, and institutional contexts.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Theory and Practice in Heron’S Mechanics

    Pages 15-49

    Schiefsky, Mark J.

  • Bradwardine’S Rule: A Mathematical Law?

    Pages 51-66

    Celeyrette, Jean (et al.)

  • The Origin and Fate of Thomas Bradwardine’S De Proportionibus Velocitatum in Motibus in Relation to the History of Mathematics

    Pages 67-119

    Sylla, Edith Dudley

  • Concepts of Impetus and the History of Mechanics

    Pages 121-145

    Sarnowsky, Jürgen

  • Circular and Rectilinear Motion in the Mechanica and in the 16th Century

    Pages 149-172

    Vilain, Christiane

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mechanics and Natural Philosophy before the Scientific Revolution
Editors
  • Walter Roy Laird
  • Sophie Roux
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
254
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5967-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5967-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5966-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7491-1
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 320
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