Much Ado about Nothing: Theories of Space and Vacuum from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution

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Cambridge University Press, May 29, 1981 - Science - 456 pages
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The primary objective of this study is to provide a description of the major ideas about void space within and beyond the world that were formulated between the fourteenth and early eighteenth centuries. The second part of the book - on infinite, extracosmic void space - is of special significance. The significance of Professor Grant's account is twofold: it provides a comprehensive and detailed description of the scholastic Aristotelian arguments for and against the existence of void space; and it presents (again for the first time) an analysis of the possible influence of scholastic ideas and arguments on the interpretations of space proposed by the nonscholastic authors who made the Scientific Revolution possible. The concluding chapter of the book is unique in not only describing the conceptualizations of space proposed by the makers of the Scientific Revolution, but in assessing the role of readily available scholastic ideas on the conception of space adopted for the Newtonian world.
  

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Contents

Scope of study
3
Medieval conceptions of the nature
9
External void space always occupied by body
19
of finite natural motion in a void
27
Motion in a vacuum in the sixteenth and seventeenth
60
Natures abhorrence of a vacuum
67
Largely a theological problem
103
creation of the world?
110
Extracosmic infinite void space in sixteenth
148
Infinite space in nonscholastic thought during
182
Finite void space and the influence of John Philoponus
192
b Pierre Gassendi
206
Gassendi Otto von Guericke and
213
Henry More
221
Summary and reflections
259
Notes
265

Late medieval conceptions of extracosmic
116
The Godfilled dependent extracosmic void space
135
Bibliography
380
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