Isaac Beeckman on Matter and Motion: Mechanical Philosophy in the Making

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Klaas van van Berkel

Year 2013
Pages 280
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Language en
ISBN 9781421409368
File Size 2.51 MB
File Format PDF
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The contribution of the Dutch craftsman and scholar Isaac Beeckman to early modern scientific thought has never been properly acknowledged. Surprisingly free from the constraints of traditional natural philosophy, he developed a view of the world in which everything, from the motion of the heavens to musical harmonies, is explained by reducing it to matter in motion. His ideas deeply influenced Descartes and Gassendi. Klaas van Berkel has succeeded in unearthing and explicating Beeckman's scientific notebooks, allowing us to follow how he developed his new philosophy, almost day by day.