Early Physics and Astronomy: A Historical Introduction

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CUP Archive, Mar 11, 1993 - Science - 413 pages
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The book is an introductory exposition of the development of the physical and astronomical notions of the universe. It covers the period from Greek antiquity to the Copernican revolution and the Renaissance, half of the text being devoted to medieval science within both the Aristotelian and the Archimedean traditions. The book is intended for a general audience interested in intellectual and scientific developments, but should also be useful as a guide to further studies. Thus it has an extensive bibliography classifying much of the secondary literature on the subject, and also a sixty page 'dictionary' of all the scientists and philosophers mentioned in the text. This contains references to printed editions of the sources and to a selection of books and periodicals.
  

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Contents

Plato and Greek Mathematics
21
Practical Astronomy
34
Early Greek Cosmology
51
The Foundation of Statics
90
Dynamics in Antiquity
105
The Structure of Material Substances
123
l3 The Transmission of Greek Science
150
l4 Experimental Physics in the Middle Ages
171
l5 The Development of Statics
185
l7 Force and Motion in the Middle Ages
202
l9 The Change Called Renaissance
246
The Reform of Astronomy
260
Bibliography
283
Biographical Appendix
297
Index
405
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Pedersen-Aarhus University, Denmark

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