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By Alan F. Chalmers

ISBN-10: 3319565281

ISBN-13: 9783319565286

This monograph investigates the improvement of hydrostatics as a technology. within the procedure, it sheds new gentle at the nature of technological know-how and its origins within the clinical Revolution. Readers will come to determine that the background of hydrostatics unearths sophisticated ways that the technology of the 17th century differed from earlier sessions.

The key, the writer argues, is the recent insights into the concept that of strain that emerged throughout the clinical Revolution. This happened as a result of contributions from such figures as Simon Stevin, Pascal, Boyle and Newton. the writer compares their paintings with Galileo and Descartes, neither of whom grasped the necessity for a brand new belief of strain. accordingly, their contributions to hydrostatics have been unproductive.

The tale ends with Newton insofar as his model of hydrostatics set the topic on its smooth direction. He articulated a technical thought of strain that used to be as much as the duty. Newton in comparison the mathematical method in hydrostatics and the experimental means, and sided with the former. The subtleties that lie in the back of Newton's place throws mild at the manner within which advancements in seventeenth-century technology concurrently concerned mathematization and experimentation.

This ebook serves as an instance of the measure of conceptual switch that new sciences frequently require. will probably be of curiosity to these desirous about the learn of background and philosophy of technology. it is going to additionally attract physicists in addition to common readers.

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