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Readings in the History & Philosophy of Science

November 16, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For our next meeting on the 16th we’ll be reading Newton’s Queries at the end of Opticks. In the volume I’ve attached the Queries begin on page 339. These Queries represent Newton’s view of problems to be solved. I. Bernard Cohen’s preface in the volume speaks to the breadth of the view:
“A glance at the analytical table of contents will show the range of subjects covered by Newton in the Opticks and especially in the Queries. For the latter not only took up questions of light as such, and gravitation, but also chemistry, pneumatics, physiology, the circulation of blood, metabolism and digestion, animal sensation, the Creation, the flood, the true nature of scientific inquiry, how to make experiments and how to draw the proper conclusions from them by induction, the relation of cause and effect, and natural philosophy in relation to moral philosophy.” I am also attaching George Smith’s ‘How Newton’s Principia changed physics’ (page 360 in Janiak and Schliesser (ed.), “Interpreting Newton”). Smith makes a number of strong statements, including that Newton changed physics in “making limited physical theory – theory without mechanistic explanations – respectable”. These may provide plenty of grist for discussion. The article is a nice adjunct to where Newton says he’s going in the Queries. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33504/33504-h/33504-h.htm http://strangebeautiful.com/other-texts/janiak-schliesser-interp-newt.pdf


November 16, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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