Physics, Cosmology and Astronomy, 1300-1700: Tension and Accommodation
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Physics, Cosmology and Astronomy, 1300-1700: Tension and Accommodation

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Habent sua Jata colloquia. The present volume has its ongms in a spring 1984 international workshop held, under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, by The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas of Tel-Aviv University in cooperation with The Van Leer Jerusalem Foundation. It contains twelve of the twenty papers presented at the workshop by the twenty-six participants. As Proceedings of conferences go, it is a good representative of the genre, sharing in the main characteristics of its ilk. It may even be one of the rare instances of a book of Proceed- ings whose descriptive title applies equally well to the workshop's topic and to the interrelations between. the various papers it includes. Tension and Accommodation are the key words. Thus, while John Glucker's paper, 'Images of Plato in Late Antiqu- ity,' raises, by means of the Platonic example, the problem of interpreta- tion of ancient texts, suggesting the assignment of proper weight to the creator of the tradition and not only to his many later interpreters in assessing the proper relationship between originator and commentators, Abraham Wasserstein's 'Hunches that did not come off: Some Prob- lems in Greek Science' illustrates the long-lived Whiggish tradition in the history of science and mathematics. As those familiar with my work will undoubtedly note, Wasserstein's position is far removed from my stance on ancient Greek mathematics.
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  • Hardback | 327 pages
  • 159.5 x 243.3 x 24.4mm | 680.4g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • VIII, 327 p.
  • 0792310225
  • 9780792310228

Table of contents

One.- Ancient Background.- Images of Plato In Late Antiquity.- Hunches That did not come off: Some Problems in Greek Science.- Two.- Islamic and Jewish Contributions.- (Al-)Chemical Foundations For Cosmo-Logical Ideas: Ibn Sina on the Geology of an Eternal World.- Levi ben Gerson: On Astronomy and Physical Experiments.- The Astronomy of Rabbi Moses Isserles.- Three.- Medieval Cosmology, Natural Philosophy, and Optics.- Celestial Incorruptibility in Medieval Cosmology 1200-1687.- The Oxford Calculators and Mathematical Physics: John Dumbleton's Summa Logicae et Philosophiae Naturalis, Parts II and III.- Experiment in Medieval Optics.- Four.- Kepler: Cosmology, Astronomy, and Light.- The New Celestial Physics of Johannes Kepler.- Kepler and the Incorporeality of Light.- Five.- Science, Religion, and Political Power.- One Truth Or More? Demarcation in the Universe of Discourse.- Science At The Tuscan Court, 1642-1667.- Notes on Contributors.- Name Index.
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