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Newtonian Revolution
By I. Bernard Cohen

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Newtonian Revolution by I. Bernard Cohen

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This volume presents Professor Cohen's original interpretation of the revolution that marked the beginnings of modern science and set Newtonian science as the model for the highest level of achievement in other branches of science. It shows that Newton developed a special kind of relation between abstract mathematical constructs and the physical systems that we observe in the world around us by means of experiment and critical observation. The heart of the radical Newtonian style is the construction on the mind of a mathematical system that has some features in common with the physical world; this system s then modified when the deductions and conclusions drawn from it are tested against the physical universe. Using this system Newton was able to make his revolutionary innovations in celestial mechanics and, ultimately, create a new physics of central forces and the law of universal gravitation. Building on his analysis of Newton's methodology, Professor Cohen explores the fine structure of revolutionary change and scientific creativity in general. This is done by developing the concept of scientific change as a series of transformations of ecxisting ideas. It is shown that such transformation is characteristic of many aspects of the sciences and that the concept of scientific change by transformation suggests a new way of examining the very nature of scientific creativity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521273800
ISBN-10: 0521273803
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Apr-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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