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Author Fehér, Márta.

Title Changing tools : case studies in the history of scientific methodology / Márta Féher.

Published Budapest : Akadémiai Kiadó, c1995.

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 UniM Bail  501 FEHE    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 194 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-191) and index.
Contents The 17th century crossroads of the mathematization of nature. Preliminaries. The role ascribed to mathematics. Anti-Hermeticist trends. Hermeticist ways of mathematization -- Galileo and the demonstrative ideal of science -- The rise and fall of crucial experiments. The birth of crucial experiment: the Baconian idea. The process of knowledge turning conjectural: the pluralization of causal explanations. The vanishing of apodicticity. The reduction of the types of causes and motions. The great shift in mentality: new rules of faith. Crucial experiments in Newton's methodology: the first downfall -- The method of analysis-synthesis and the structure of causal explanation in Newton -- The triumphal march of a paradigm (A case study of the popularization of Newtonian science). Algarotti, ambassador of the Newtonian Empire -- The role of metaphor and analogy in the birth of the principle of least action of Maupertuis (1698-1759).
On the role accorded to the public by philosophers of science -- Loci of first publications of the papers contained in the volume.
Subject Science -- Methodology -- History -- Case studies.
ISBN 9630567288