Thinking with Objects: The Transformation of Mechanics in the Seventeenth Century 0801884268, 9780801884269

Author : Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Description: Thinking with Objects offers a fresh view of the transformation that took place in mechanics during the 17th century. By giving center stage to objectslevers, inclined planes, beams, pendulums, springs, and falling and projected bodiesDomenico Bertoloni Meli provides a unique and comprehensive portrayal of mechanics as practitioners understood it at the time. Bertoloni Meli reexamines such major texts as Galileos Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences, Descartes Principles of Philosophy, and Newtons Principia, and in them finds a reliance on objects that has escaped proper understanding. From Pappus of Alexandria to Guidobaldo dal Monte, Bertoloni Meli sees significant developments in the history of mechanical experimentation, all of them crucial for understanding Galileo. Bertoloni Meli uses similarities and tensions between dal Monte and Galileo as a springboard for exploring the revolutionary nature of seventeenth-century mechanics. Examining objects helps us appreciate the shift from the study to the practice of mechanics and challenges artificial dichotomies among practical and conceptual pursuits, mathematics, and experiment. (2008)
Categories: Physics Mechanics
Year :2006
Publisher : The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language : English
N° Of Pages : 404
File Info : pdf 11 Mb