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Mathematics and its Applications to Science and Natural Philosophy in the Middle Ages

Mathematics and its Applications to Science and Natural Philosophy in the Middle Ages
Essays in Honour of Marshall Clagett

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Edward Grant, John E. Murdoch, Wilbur Knorr, A. George Molland, Edith D. Sylla, Bruce Eastwood, J. D. North, A. I. Sabra, David C. Lindberg, Sabetai Unguru, Michael R. McVaugh
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  • Date Published: April 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521141949

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  • Originally published in 1987, this important synthesis represented the first effort by modern scholars to convey the variety of ways in which medieval scientists and natural philosophers used mathematics and mathematical modes of thought to describe natural phenomena. Eleven distinguished historians of science contributed original essays on the application of mathematics to natural philosophy, astronomy, cosmology, optics and medicine. The book is a fitting tribute to Professor Marshall Clagett of The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, for his significant contributions to the history of medieval science.

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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521141949
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction Edward Grant and John E. Murdoch
    Pure Mathematics:
    1. The medieval tradition of Archimedes' Sphere and Cylinder Wilbur Knorr
    Applied Mathematics:
    2. Colonizing the world for mathematics: the diversity of medieval strategies A. George Molland
    Part I. Natural Philosophy:
    3. Mathematical physics and imagination in the work of the Oxford Calculators: Roger Swineshead's On Natural Motions Edith D. Sylla
    4. Thomas Bradwardine: mathematics and continuity in the fourteenth century John E. Murdoch
    Part II. Astronomy and Cosmology:
    5. Plinian astronomical diagrams in the early Middle Ages Bruce Eastwood
    6. Coordinates and categories: the graphical representation of functions in medieval astronomy J. D. North
    7. Eccentrics and epicycles in medieval cosmology Edward Grant
    Part III. Optics:
    8. Psychology versus mathematics: Ptolemy and Alhazen on the moon illusion A. I. Sabra
    9. Roger Bacon and the origins of perspectiva in the West David C. Lindberg
    10. Mathematics and experiement in Witelo's Perspectiva Sabetai Unguru
    Part IV. Medicine:
    11. The two faces of a medical career: Jordanus de Turre of Motpellier Michael R. McVaugh
    Publications of Marshall Clagett
    Index.

  • Editors

    Edward Grant, Indiana University, Bloomington

    John Emery Murdoch

    Contributors

    Edward Grant, John E. Murdoch, Wilbur Knorr, A. George Molland, Edith D. Sylla, Bruce Eastwood, J. D. North, A. I. Sabra, David C. Lindberg, Sabetai Unguru, Michael R. McVaugh

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