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The mechanical hypothesis in ancient Greek natural philosophy

Author: Sylvia Berryman
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This book argues that the idea that the world works 'like a machine' can be found in ancient Greek thought, predating the early modern philosophy with which it is most closely associated. Topics  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Berryman
ISBN: 9780521763769 0521763762
OCLC Number: 750513635
Description: x, 286 s. : il. ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface; 1. Mechanics and the mechanical: some problems of terminology; 2. 'Mechanistic' thought before mechanics?; 3. Mechanics in the fourth century; 4. The theory and practice of ancient Greek mechanics; 5. Ancient Greek mechanics continued: the case of pneumatics; 6. The philosophical reception of mechanics in antiquity; Conclusion; Appendix. Ancient mechanics and the mechanical in the seventeenth century; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Sylvia Berryman.


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