Reasoning with the Infinite
From the Closed World to the Mathematical Universe New edition
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Reasoning with the Infinite by Michel Blay
Book DescriptionUntil the Scientific Revolution, the nature and motions of heavenly objects were mysterious and unpredictable. The Scientific Revolution was revolutionary in part because it saw the advent of many mathematical tools - chief among them the calculus - that natural philosophers could use to explain and predict these cosmic motions. Michel Blay traces the origins of this mathematization of the world, from Galileo to Newton and Laplace, and considers the profound philosophical consequences of submitting the infinite to rational analysis.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226058351
(228mm x 153mm x 17mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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