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Isaac Beeckman on matter and motion : mechanical philosophy in the making

Author: Klaas van Berkel
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Historians of science and the philosophy of science find the substance and stance of Isaac Beeckman's thought highly interesting, for it represented an early attempt to develop a comprehensive picture of the world by means of mechanistic theory, that is, forces acting upon one another. Besides possibly influencing Descartes, this view broke away from medieval religious assumptions and belief in occult forces.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic book
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Berkel, Klaas van.
Isaac Beeckman on matter and motion.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012036883
Named Person: Isaac Beeckman; Isaac Beeckman; Isaac Beeckman
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Klaas van Berkel
ISBN: 1421409615 9781421409610
OCLC Number: 857081832
Language Note: English.
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis under title: Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) en de mechanisering van het wereldbeeld.
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 265 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1 The Making of a Natural Philosopher, 1588-1619; 2 Schoolteacher and Craftsman, 1619-1627; 3 Among Patricians and Philosophers, 1627-1637; 4 Principles of Mechanical Philosophy I: Matter; 5 Principles of Mechanical Philosophy II: Motion; 6 Sources for a Mechanical Philosophy; 7 Beeckman and the Scientific Revolution; Notes; Bibliographic Essay; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Z.
Other Titles: Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) en de mechanisering van het wereldbeeld.
Responsibility: Klaas van Berkel.


Van Berkel's account provides a new and comprehensive interpretation of the origins of the mechanical philosophy of nature, the philosophy that culminated in the work of Isaac Newton.  Read more...


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This is an exceedingly rich book... it should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the origins of modern science. -- Richard T. W. Arthur HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for Read more...

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