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Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226923987

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226923994.001.0001

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Nature’s Drawing

Nature’s Drawing

Problems and Resolutions in the Mathematization of Motion

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(p.116) Chapter Four Nature’s Drawing (p.117)
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Baroque Science
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Ofer Gal

Raz Chen-Morris

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923994.003.0005

This chapter examines the problems related to the mathematization of motion and the resolutions that were developed to address those problems. It considers Galileo’s belief that mathematics was a justification for the new practices of instrumental observation and Johannes Kepler’s opinion that it was a justification for causal arguments about the heavens. It also describes some of the instruments developed for the mathematization of motion. These include Christian Huygens’ pendulum, Rene Descartes’ compass, and Robert Hooke’s springs.

Keywords:   mathematization, motion, galileo, johannes kepler, mathematics, instrumental observation, pendulum, compass, springs

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