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Reasoning With the Infinite (Paperback)

Author: Blay, Michel

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Until the Scientific Revolution, the nature and motions of heavenly objects were mysterious and unpredictable. The Scientific Revolution was revolutionary in part because it saw the advent of many mathematical tools--chief among them the calculus--that natural philosophers could use to explain and predict these cosmic motions. Michel Blay traces the origins of this mathematization of the world, from Galileo to Newton and Laplace, and considers the profound philosophical consequences of submitting the infinite to rational analysis."One of Michael Blay's many fine achievements in "Reasoning with the Infinite" is to make us realize how velocity, and later instantaneous velocity, came to play a vital part in the development of a rigorous mathematical science of motion."--Margaret Wertheim, "New Scientist"


Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226058351
SKU 204335530
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226058352
Release Date 2/11/2013
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