Sylvia Berryman's The Mechanical Hypothesis in Ancient Greek Natural PDF

By Sylvia Berryman

ISBN-10: 0521763762

ISBN-13: 9780521763769

ISBN-10: 110765761X

ISBN-13: 9781107657618

It has lengthy been proposal that the traditional Greeks didn't take mechanics heavily as a part of the workings of nature, and that for that reason their typical philosophy was once either primitive and marginal. during this ebook Sylvia Berryman demanding situations that assumption, arguing that the concept the area works 'like a desktop' are available in historical Greek inspiration, predating the early smooth philosophy with which it really is such a lot heavily linked. Her dialogue levels over issues together with balancing and equilibrium, lifting water, sphere-making and types of the heavens, and old Greek pneumatic conception, with special research of thinkers resembling Aristotle, Archimedes, and Hero of Alexandria. Her ebook indicates students of old Greek philosophy why it can be crucial to concentrate on mechanics, and indicates historians of technological know-how why the diversities among old and smooth reactions to mechanics aren't as nice as was once more often than not thought.

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