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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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The Emergence of Baroque Mathematical Natural Philosophy

The Emergence of Baroque Mathematical Natural Philosophy

An Archeology of the Inverse Square Law

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Chapter Six (p.185) The Emergence of Baroque Mathematical Natural Philosophy
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Baroque Science
Author(s):

Ofer Gal

Raz Chen-Morris

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923994.003.0007

This chapter examines the history of the emergence of mathematical natural philosophy in the context of the inverse square law during the baroque period. It discusses how Isaac Newton established baroque mathematical philosophy with the use of the inverse square law as a means to reduce complex phenomena into approximate local order and describes how he unified heaven and earth under one system of physical laws. It also considers Johannes Kepler and Robert Hooke’s opinion that the notion of force acting at a distance to affect motion was much easier to conceive on the grand scale of the celestial realm than down on earth.

Keywords:   mathematical natural philosophy, inverse square law, isaac newton, mathematical philosophy, physical laws, johannes kepler, Robert Hooke, motion

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