A Student's Guide to Natural Science (ISI Guides to the by Stephen M. Barr

By Stephen M. Barr

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Publish 12 months note: First released August twenty first 2011

Physicist Stephen M. Barr's lucid Student's advisor to traditional technology aims to offer scholars an figuring out, in large define, of the character, background, and nice rules of traditional technological know-how from precedent days to the current, with a first-rate concentrate on physics. Barr starts off with the contributions of the traditional Greeks, particularly the 2 nice rules that truth might be understood via the systematic use of cause and that phenomena have typical factors.

He is going directly to speak about, between different issues, the medieval roots of the clinical revolution of the 17th century, the position performed by way of faith in fostering the assumption of a lawful ordinary order, and the main breakthroughs of recent physics, together with what number more moderen "revolutionary" theories are in reality concerning a lot older ones. all through this considerate consultant, Barr attracts his readers' consciousness to the bigger subject matters and traits of clinical heritage, together with the expanding unification and "mathematization" of our view of the actual global that has ended in the legislation of nature showing an increasing number of as forming a unmarried harmonious mathematical edifice.

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The vast wealth of precise data Kepler inherited from Tycho allowed him to discover that the orbit of Mars was an ellipse, not a circle, and to formulate his three great laws of planetary motion. Tycho was an exotic figure. While a student, he lost part of his nose in a duel and wore a prosthesis made of gold and silver for the rest of his life. At his ancestral castle in Knudstrup, where he entertained on a grand scale, he kept a court jester named Jepp, a dwarf to whom Tycho attributed clairvoyance.

Three lines of development led to the achievements of Newton: in astronomy, the discovery of Kepler’s laws of planetary motion; in physics, Galileo’s discovery of the law of falling bodies; and in mathematics, the development of analytic geometry and the use of coordinates by Descartes (1596–1650). In astronomy, the line that led to Newton began with Copernicus (1473–1543), who sparked the Scientific Revolution with his heliocentric theory of planetary motion. It proceeded through the extremely precise observational work of the great Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546–1601).

He also did important research on heart and muscle structure, brain anatomy, and embryology. After spending time in Paris and the Netherlands, he 38 traveled to Florence to join the Accademia del Cimento, which had been founded by Ferdinando d’Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, to carry out experimental research in the tradition of Galileo, some of whose students were among its members. While dissecting the head of a great white shark that had been caught off Livorno, Stensen realized that the teeth bore a remarkable resemblance to the “tongue stones” found in great abundance in Malta.

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