Representing space in the scientific revolution / David Marshall Miller.
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
xiii, 235 pages ; 24 cm
- Science -- History -- 17th century.
Science -- Philosophy.
Space and time.
- "The novel understanding of the physical world that characterized the scientific revolution depended on a fundamental shift in the way its protagonists understood and described space. At the beginning of the seventeenth century, spatial phenomena were described in relation to a presupposed central point; by its end, space had become a centerless void in which phenomena could only be described by reference to arbitrary orientations"-- Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: centers and orientations
Pluribus ergo existentibus centris: explanations, descriptions, and Copernicus
Non est motus omnino: Gilbert, verticity, and the law of the whole
Respicere sinus: Kepler, oriented Space, and the ellipse
Mille movimenti circolari: from Impetus to conserved curvilinear motion in Galileo
Directions sont entre elles paralleles: Descartes and his critics on oriented space and the parallelogram rule
Incline it to verge: Newton's spatial synthesis
Conclusion: methodological morals.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9781107046733 (hardback)
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