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The Struggle for Order

Robert S. Westman

in The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520254817
eISBN:
9780520948167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520254817.003.0017
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

For the celestial modernizers of the early seventeenth century, the problems that had been emerging since the 1570s began to show signs of consensus: recurrent events (planets), the subject of the ... More


Amsterdam Society and Maps

Elizabeth A. Sutton

in Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780226254784
eISBN:
9780226254814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226254814.003.0002
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

This chapter outlines consumer demand for maps in early seventeenth-century Amsterdam. Production of and demand for maps was reflected social demands and contemporary events. Maps helped form a ... More


Intuitions in Science: Thought Experiments as Argument Pumps

Darrell P. Rowbottom

in Intuitions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199609192
eISBN:
9780191758973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609192.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter presents and criticizes the two dominant accounts of thought experiments in science, due to James Robert Brown and John Norton; the mechanical thought experiment of Simon Stevin is used ... More


Galileo’s Trajectory

David D. Nolte

in Galileo Unbound: A Path Across Life, the Universe and Everything

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198805847
eISBN:
9780191843808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198805847.003.0003
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

This chapter describes the history of Galileo’s discovery of the law of fall and the parabolic trajectory, beginning with early work on the physics of motion by predecessors like the Oxford Scholars, ... More


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