The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 2003 - Science - 352 pages

To the medieval thinker, man was the center of creation and all of nature existed purely for his benefit. The shift from the philosophy of the Middle Ages to the modern view of humanity’s less central place in the universe ranks as the greatest revolution in the history of Western thought, and this classic in the philosophy of science describes and analyzes how that profound change occurred.
A fascinating analysis of the works of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Hobbes, Gilbert, Boyle, and Newton, it not only establishes the reasons for the triumph of the modern perspective, but also accounts for certain limitations in this view that continue to characterize contemporary scientific thought. A criticism as well as a history of the change that made possible the rise of modern science, this volume is also a guide to understanding the methods and accomplishments of the great philosopher-scientists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

 

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I too read this book over 30 years ago and it made an impact on my understanding of both the origins of western science and the value of its birth in the question to "think God's thoughts after Him".

Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
B The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Science
25
COPERNICUS AND KEPLER
36
c Ultimate Implications of Copernicus StepRevival
52
GALILEO
72
DESCARTES
105
GILBERT AND BOYLE
162
View
172
The Doctrine of Positivism
227
Space Time and Mass
239
Time
256
Newtons Conception of the Ether
264
GodCreator and Preserver of the Order of
283
CONCLUSION
301
329
349
Copyright

THE METAPHYSICS OF NEWTON
207

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