Emergence and Expansion of Pre-Classical Mechanics, 1st ed. 2018
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science Series, Vol. 333

Coordinators: Feldhay Rivka, Renn Jürgen, Schemmel Matthias, Valleriani Matteo

Language: Anglais

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This book is divided into two sections. The first section is concerned with the emergence and expansion of a form of mechanical knowledge defined by us as pre-classical mechanics. The definition purports to the period roughly between the 15th and the 17th century, before classical mechanics was formulated as a coherent and comprehensive mechanical theory in the sequel of Newton's work. The investigation of problems that were isolated from each other at the time but cohered into some kind of stable broad intellectual framework characterizes pre-classical mechanics. The second section is dedicated to specific case studies that present the application of a pre-classical framework to determined problems and to the investigation of specific natural phenomena. It consists of five case studies that illustrate in detail a reconstruction of pre-classical mechanics in particular constellations. Early modern theoretical, technical and social contexts transformed ancient and medieval mechanical knowledge in the course of its transmission. 

The Nature of Pre-Classical Mechanics Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel, Matteo Valleriani 2. Institutions, Discourses, Correspondence Networks in the Era of Pre-Classical Mechanics Rivka Feldhay and Michael Elazar Case Studies 1. New Science in Galileo’s New Science of Motion Jochen Büttner 2. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Cosmology and the Centrobaric Theory from Antiquity to the Renaissance ElioNenci 3. A Treatise on Galileian Mechanics: The Exercitationes in Mechanicis Aristotelis (1634) by the Jesuits Giovan Battista Zupi Romano Gatto 4. Heaviness and Lightness in the 17th Century: A Jesuit Perspective Rivka Feldhay and Ayeletibn Ezra 5. Jesuit Post-Galilean Conceptions of Impetus: Honoré Fabri, Paolo Casati, and Francesco Eschinardi Rivka Feldhay and Michael Elazar​
Uses extensive reinterpretations of the historical sources documenting the long term development

Classifies the origins of preclassical mechanics in renaissance technologies

Explains the development of sophisticated machines in early civilizations​