The Resource The mechanical hypothesis in ancient Greek natural philosophy, Sylvia Berryman

The mechanical hypothesis in ancient Greek natural philosophy, Sylvia Berryman

Label
The mechanical hypothesis in ancient Greek natural philosophy
Title
The mechanical hypothesis in ancient Greek natural philosophy
Statement of responsibility
Sylvia Berryman
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"It has often been thought that the ancient Greeks did not take mechanics seriously as part of the workings of nature, and that this contributed to the marginalization of their natural philosophy. In this book Sylvia Berryman challenges that assumption, arguing that the idea that the world works 'like a machine' can be found in ancient Greek thought, predating the early modern philosophy with which it is most closely associated. Her discussion ranges over topics including balancing and equilibrium, lifting water, sphere-making and models of the heavens, and ancient Greek pneumatic theory, with detailed analysis of thinkers such as Aristotle, Archimedes and Hero of Alexandria. Her book shows scholars of ancient Greek philosophy why it is necessary to pay attention to mechanics, and shows historians of science why the differences between ancient and modern reactions to mechanics are not as great as was generally thought. Her historical treatment of the meaning of 'mechanistic' or 'mechanical' is of value to contemporary philosophical debates about explanation."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
113.0938
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
B185
LC item number
.B47 2009eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
Label
The mechanical hypothesis in ancient Greek natural philosophy, Sylvia Berryman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 250-273) and indexes
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  • net
Color
multicolored
Contents
Mechanics and the mechanical : some problems of terminology -- 'Mechanistic' thought before mechanics? -- Mechanics in the fourth century -- The theory and practice of ancient Greek mechanics -- Ancient Greek mechanics continued : the case of pneumatics -- The philosophical reception of mechanics in antiquity
Control code
ocn646837409
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 286 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780521763769
Other control number
9786612317897
Other physical details
ill
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231789
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b24999155
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)646837409
  • ebrary051160498X

Library Locations

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