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The Moon in the Nautilus ShellDiscordant Harmonies Reconsidered$
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Daniel Botkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199913916

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199913916.001.0001

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In Mill Hollow

In Mill Hollow

Nature as the Great Machine

(p.138) (p.139) 7 In Mill Hollow
The Moon in the Nautilus Shell

Daniel B. Botkin


This chapter examines the mechanical view of nature by focusing on Chase's Mill, a water-powered mill located on the outflow of Warren's Pond in East Alstead, New Hampshire. It first considers the emergence of the perspectives of the new mechanical age as an alternative to the organic view of nature during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It then traces the origins of the machine age perspective on nature and how it was reinforced by discoveries and observations about Earth's surface and the life on that surface. It also discusses three consequences of the rise of the mechanical worldview: recognition of the power of the new laws of physics; the rise of machines such as the steam engine, the steam train, the paddlewheel boat, and the sewing machine; the mechanistic view offered a new kind of theological perspective.

Keywords:   nature, Chase's Mill, New Hampshire, machine age, Earth, laws of physics, machines, mechanical view

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