The Resource One Hundred Years of Pressure : Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton, by Alan F. Chalmers, (electronic resource)

One Hundred Years of Pressure : Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton, by Alan F. Chalmers, (electronic resource)

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One Hundred Years of Pressure : Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton
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One Hundred Years of Pressure
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Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton
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by Alan F. Chalmers
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eng
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This monograph investigates the development of hydrostatics as a science. In the process, it sheds new light on the nature of science and its origins in the Scientific Revolution. Readers will come to see that the history of hydrostatics reveals subtle ways in which the science of the seventeenth century differed from previous periods. The key, the author argues, is the new insights into the concept of pressure that emerged during the Scientific Revolution. This came about due to contributions from such figures as Simon Stevin, Pascal, Boyle and Newton. The author compares their work with Galileo and Descartes, neither of whom grasped the need for a new conception of pressure. As a result, their contributions to hydrostatics were unproductive. The story ends with Newton insofar as his version of hydrostatics set the subject on its modern course. He articulated a technical notion of pressure that was up to the task. Newton compared the mathematical way in hydrostatics and the experimental way, and sided with the former. The subtleties that lie behind Newton's position throws light on the way in which developments in seventeenth-century science simultaneously involved mathematization and experimentation. This book serves as an example of the degree of conceptual change that new sciences often require. It will be of interest to those involved in the study of history and philosophy of science. It will also appeal to physicists as well as interested general readers
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Chalmers, Alan F
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  • QC6.9
  • QC5.53
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non fiction
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Archimedes, New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology,
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51
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  • Physics
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Philosophy and science
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Physics
  • History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics
  • History of Mathematical Sciences
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophical and Historical Foundations of Science
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One Hundred Years of Pressure : Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton, by Alan F. Chalmers, (electronic resource)
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Chapter 1. The theoretical challenge posed for seventeenth century mechanics by fluids -- Chapter 2. The background to Simon Stevin’s hydrostatics -- Chapter 3. Moving beyond Archimedes: The hydrostatics of Simon Stevin -- Chapter 4. Galileo, floating bodies and the balance -- Chapter 5. Descartes’ engagement with hydrostatics -- Chapter 6. Pascal on the equilibrium of liquids -- Chapter 7. Experimenting with, and theorizing about, air -- Chapter 8. Boyle and the concept of pressure -- Chapter 9. Newton’s hydrostatics: Pressure in a continuum, following Boyle, rather than corpuscle pressing on corpuscle, following Descartes -- Chapter 10. Reflections on the role of theory and experiment in the emergence of hydrostatics -- Chapter 11. Reflections on the significance of the history of hydrostatics: What was revolutionary about the scientific revolution?
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IX, 197 p. 14 illus.
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9783319565293
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10.1007/978-3-319-56529-3
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One Hundred Years of Pressure : Hydrostatics from Stevin to Newton, by Alan F. Chalmers, (electronic resource)
Publication
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mixed
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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not applicable
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Chapter 1. The theoretical challenge posed for seventeenth century mechanics by fluids -- Chapter 2. The background to Simon Stevin’s hydrostatics -- Chapter 3. Moving beyond Archimedes: The hydrostatics of Simon Stevin -- Chapter 4. Galileo, floating bodies and the balance -- Chapter 5. Descartes’ engagement with hydrostatics -- Chapter 6. Pascal on the equilibrium of liquids -- Chapter 7. Experimenting with, and theorizing about, air -- Chapter 8. Boyle and the concept of pressure -- Chapter 9. Newton’s hydrostatics: Pressure in a continuum, following Boyle, rather than corpuscle pressing on corpuscle, following Descartes -- Chapter 10. Reflections on the role of theory and experiment in the emergence of hydrostatics -- Chapter 11. Reflections on the significance of the history of hydrostatics: What was revolutionary about the scientific revolution?
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unknown
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IX, 197 p. 14 illus.
File format
multiple file formats
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electronic
Isbn
9783319565293
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uncompressed
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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10.1007/978-3-319-56529-3
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online resource.
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absent
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access
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remote
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(DE-He213)978-3-319-56529-3

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