Exploring the Limits of Preclassical Mechanics A Study of Conceptual Development in Early Modern Science: Free Fall and Compounded Motion in the Work of Descartes, Galileo and Beeckman

by Peter Damerow, Gideon Freudenthal, Peter McLaughlin, Jurgen Renn

Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences Series

Exploring the Limits of Preclassical Mechanics A Study of Conceptual Development in Early Modern Science: Free Fall and Compounded Motion in the Work of Descartes, Galileo and Beeckman Synopsis

The question of when and how the basic concepts that characterize modern science arose in Western Europe has long been central to the history of science. This book examines the transition from Renaissance engineering and philosophy of nature to classical mechanics oriented on the central concept of velocity. For this new edition, the authors include a new discussion of the doctrine of proportions, an analysis of the role of traditional statics in the construction of Descartes' impact rules, and go deeper into the debate between Descartes and Hobbes on the explanation of refraction. They also provide significant new material on the early development of Galileo's work on mechanics and the law of fall.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780387205731
Publication date: 30th March 2004
Author: Peter Damerow, Gideon Freudenthal, Peter McLaughlin, Jurgen Renn
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 414 pages
Categories: Classical mechanics,

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