Science, Optics, and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought

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A&C Black, 1990 - History - 474 pages
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A.C. Crombie is one of the best known writers on the history of Science. Science, Optics and Music in Medieval and Early Modern Thought brings together a coherent body of essays that complement his books and are of independent value. A.C. Crombie traces general themes in the development of Science: the Aristotelian inheritance and the importance of the search for logical explanation in the middle ages; the ambitions and limitations of experiment and quantification; changing attitudes to scientific progress; the relations between Science and the Arts, and between Mathematics, Music and Medical Science; and the study of the senses. In particular he shows how the mechanistic hypothesis stimulated the experimental and philosophical study of vision.
  

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Contents

Historical Commitments of European Science
1
Marin Mersenne and the SeventeenthCentury
15
The Relevance of the Middle Ages to the Scientific
41
Quantification in Medieval Physics
73
Avicennas Influence on the Western Medieval
91
Grossetestes Position in the History of Science
115
The Significance of Medieval Discussions
139
De Modo Visionis 285
225
Philosophical Presuppositions and Shifting
345
Mathematics Music and Medical Science
363
The Study of the Senses in Renaissance Science
379
Some Aspects of Descartess Attitude
419
Historical Commitments of Biology
429
What is the History of Science?
441
a History and Philosophy at Oxford
453
Index
465

The Primary Properties and Secondary Qualities
323

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