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Thinking with Objects offers a fresh view of the transformation that took place in mechanics during the 17th century. By giving center stage to objects—levers, inclined planes, beams, pendulums, springs, and falling and projected bodies—Domenico Bertoloni Meli provides a unique and comprehensive portrayal of mechanics as practitioners understood it at the time. Bertoloni Meli reexamines such major texts as Galileo’s Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences, Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy, and Newton’s 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Machines in the Field, in the Book, and in the Study
  2. pp. 18-39
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Floating Bodies and a Mathematical Science of Motion
  2. pp. 40-65
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: The Formulation of New Mathematical Sciences
  2. pp. 66-104
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Novel Reflections and Quantitative Experiments
  2. pp. 105-134
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: The Motion and Collision of Particles
  2. pp. 135-160
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  1. INTERMEZZO: Generational and Institutional Changes
  2. pp. 161-165
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: The Equilibrium and Motion of Liquids
  2. pp. 166-189
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Projected, Oscillating, and Orbiting Bodies
  2. pp. 190-223
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: Colliding Bodies, Springs, and Beams
  2. pp. 224-254
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: A New World-System
  2. pp. 255-287
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  1. CHAPTER TEN: Causes, Conservation, and the New Mathematics
  2. pp. 288-307
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  1. CONCLUSION: Mapping the Transformations of Mechanics
  2. pp. 308-316
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 317-354
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 355-377
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 379-389
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801889448
Print ISBN
9780801884276
MARC Record
OCLC
213305603
Pages
408
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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