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Cartesian Spacetime : Descartes' Physics and the Relational Theory of Space and Motion

Author: Edward Slowik
Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2002.
Series: International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idées, 181.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Although Descartes' natural philosophy marked an advance in the development of modern science, many critics over the years, such as Newton, have rejected his particular `relational' theory of space and motion. Nevertheless, it is also true that most historians and philosophers have not sufficiently investigated the viability of the Cartesian theory. This book explores, consequently, the success of the arguments  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Slowik
ISBN: 9789401709750 9401709750
OCLC Number: 851393665
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 251 pages).
Contents: 1: Newton's De Gravitatione Argument Against Cartesian Dynamics --
2: The Structure of Spacetime Theories --
3: The Cartesian Natural Laws --
4: Matter and Substance in the Cartesian Universe --
5: Quantity of Motion: The Origin and Function of the Cartesian Conservation Principle --
6: Relational Spacetime and Cartesian Dynamics --
7: The Kinematic Logic of Relational Transfer: An Unwritten Chapter in the History of Cartesian Motion --
8: Constructing a Cartesian Dynamics Without 'Fixed' Reference Frames: Collisions in the Center-of-Mass Frame --
9: Constructing a Cartesian Dynamics With 'Fixed' Reference Frames: The 'Kinematics of Mechanisms' Theory --
Conclusion.
Series Title: International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idées, 181.
Responsibility: by Edward Slowik.

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