The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics by Richard S. WestfallThe Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics by Richard S. Westfall

The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics

byRichard S. Westfall

Paperback | January 27, 1978

Pricing and Purchase Info

$30.83 online 
$35.95 list price save 14%
Earn 154 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


This introduction to the history of science in the seventeenth century examines the so-called 'scientific revolution' in terms of the interplay between two major themes. The Platonic-Pythagorean tradition looked on nature in geometric terms with the conviction that the cosmos was constructed according to the principles of mathematical order, while the mechanical philosophy conceived of nature as a huge machine and sought to explain the hidden mechanisms behind phenomena. Pursuing different goals, these two movements of thought tended to conflict with each other, and more than the obviously mathematical sciences were affected - the influence spread as far as chemistry and the life sciences. As this book demonstrates, the full fruition of the scientific revolution required a resolution of the tension between the two dominant trends.
Title:The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and MechanicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:171 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:January 27, 1978Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521292956

ISBN - 13:9780521292955


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Celestial dynamics and terrestrial mechanics; 2. The mechanical philosophy; 3. Mechanical science; 4. Mechanical chemistry; 5. Biology and the mechanical philosophy; 6. Organization of the scientific enterprise; 7. The science of mechanics; 8. Newtonian dynamics; Index.