RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 223184564 LA English UL http://site.ebrary.com/id/10212298 T1 The architecture of matter Galileo to Kant A1 Holden, Thomas Anand., Oxford University Press., PB Clarendon ; Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 2004 SN 0199263264 9780199263264 9780191532467 0191532460 AB "A complex of interrelated problems plagued the theory of matter during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: problems concerning matter's divisibility, composition, and internal architecture. Is any material body divisible to infinity? Must we posit atoms or elemental minima from which bodies are ultimately composed? Are the parts of material bodies themselves material concreta? Or are they merely potentialities or possible existents?" "Questions such is these - and the press of subtler questions hidden in their ambiguities - deeply unsettled philosophers of the early modern period. They seemed to expose serious paradoxes in the new world view pioneered by Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. The new science's account of a fundamentally geometrical Creation, mathematicizable and intelligible to the human inquirer, seemed to be under threat. This was a great scandal, and the philosophers of the period accordingly made various attempts to disarm the paradoxes. All the great figures address the issue: most famously Leibniz and Kant, but also Galileo, Hobbes, Newton, Hume, and Reid, in addition to a crowd of lesser figures." "Thomas Holden offers a synthesis of these discussions and presents his own overarching interpretation of the controversy, locating the underlying problem in the tension between the early moderns' account of material parts on the one hand and the programme of the geometrization of nature on the other."--Jacket.