But this sunny confidence did not last long. To provide a firm basis for these discussions, societies began to publish scientific papers. He makes a weaker claim, also limited in other ways, but which would be equivalent to: Ptolemy holds an astrolabe, Copernicus a model of a planet orbiting the Sun.
The ultimate cause of all motion was a primeor unmoved, mover God that stood outside the cosmos. Quine argues that reductionism is an ill-founded dogma. The chemical revolution was as much a revolution in method as in conception.
Science was moving ahead on all fronts, reducing ignorance and producing new tools for the amelioration of the human condition. Even maladies as striking as epilepsy, whose seizures appeared to be divinely caused, were held to originate in natural causes within the body.
Many physical problems were reduced to mathematical ones that proved amenable to solution by increasingly sophisticated analytical methods.
The heavens were the abode of the gods, and because heavenly phenomena were thought to presage terrestrial disasters, they were carefully observed and recorded. Hence, Galileo concluded, the planets, once set in circular motion, continue to move in circles forever.
Such questions revealed how important knowledge of the arguments of Greek thinkers on the nature of substance could be to those engaged in founding a new theology.
America Quite independently of China, India, and the other civilizations of Europe and Asia, the Maya of Central America, building upon older culturescreated a complex society in which astronomy and astrology played important roles.
The heart and the vascular system were investigated, as were the nerves and the brain. Similar models could be constructed to account for all phenomena; the Aristotelian system could be replaced by the Cartesian.
The writings of the Hellenes were, therefore, eagerly sought and translated, and thus much of the science of antiquity passed into Islamic culture.
This world could not be ignored, even though concern with worldly things could be dangerous to the soul. We must appeal to the trajectory of physical theory, to its history, to enable us to tell whether any particular theory is likely to contribute toward the ultimate natural classification.
But, particularly after the conquests of Alexander the Great had made the observations and mathematical methods of the Babylonians available to the Greeks, astronomers found it impossible to reconcile theory and observation.
Aristotle was able to make a great deal of sense of observed nature by asking of any object or process: China As has already been noted, astronomy seems everywhere to have been the first science to emerge. He was, first of all, a brilliant mathematician whose work on conic sections and on the area of the circle prepared the way for the later invention of the calculus.
Harvey showed that organic phenomena could be studied experimentally and that some organic processes could be reduced to mechanical systems. During these formative years, Duhem worked very hard on his science. In fact, model building is not even connected to the higher intellectual faculty of reason but to the lower faculty of imagination.
As the fertility of the technology shows, medieval Europeans had no deep prejudices against utilitarian knowledge. One religious sect that proved more significant than the rest was Christianity.
Aristotle represents the first tradition, that of qualitative forms and teleology. He found it impossible to believe that there was no connection between the forces of nature. Duhem recognized in his theory of chemical dissociation and in his thermodynamics generally a first enunciation of the chemical theories that Josiah Willard Gibbs, an important later influence on Duhem, was to develop more fully.
Such a nature was what could be expected of a rational, benevolent deity. Practical knowledge of a high order permitted the Chinese to deal with practical problems for centuries on a level not attained in the West until the Renaissance.
Pre-Greek medicine had been almost entirely confined to religion and ritual. The scientific legacy of Greece was condensed and corrupted into Roman encyclopaedias whose major function was entertainment rather than enlightenment.
Mesopotamia was more like China. In a series of careful balance experiments Lavoisier untangled combustion reactions to show that, in contradiction to established theory, which held that a body gave off the principle of inflammation called phlogiston when it burned, combustion actually involves the combination of bodies with a gas that Lavoisier named oxygen.
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Program Committee of the International Society on History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS) for the Conference in Montreal, June and in Paris, June Co-Chair of the HOPOS Program Committee, for the conference in San Francisco, June If the history of science is to make any sense whatsoever, it is necessary to deal with the past on its own terms, and the fact is that for most of the history of science natural philosophers appealed to causes that would be summarily rejected by modern scientists.
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