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From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe (Hideyo Noguchi Lecture) Paperback – October 1, 1968
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An important contribution to the problem of the transition from the world view characteristic of the medieval centuries to that which rapidly gained acceptance after the seventeenth century.(Philosophical Quarterly)
Koyré has provided the material and has illuminated it with uniformly perceptive and occasionally brilliant commentary... An important contribution to the study of 17th-century thought.(Thomas S. Kuhn Science)
A model of scholarliness without pedantry, of clarity without oversimplification.(Arthur Koestler Encounter)
Surely a work that will be welcomed alike by the scientist, philosopher, and historian of ideas.(Philosophy and Phenomenological Research)
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Koyre describes the thinking of such diverse figures as Giordano Bruno, Nicholas of Cusa, Galileo, Henry More, and Johannes Kepler regarding the possibility that the universe might be of unlimited extent. As such, the discussions, particularly early on, deal more with scholastic philosophy, with heavy emphasis on religious implications. They deal with abstract notions, and some of the thinking of these early figures is quite bold, startling even, and beautiful, after a fashion.
It is apropos to recall that science was long known as "natural philosophy"...and indeed, as the former figures give way to the analyses of Newton and Leibniz, we find Koyre's work limning the disentangling of these two threads, philosophy and science, at least with respect to cosmology.
In particular, Koyre underlines one of the most ironical developments in all the history of ideas at the very end of the book, in recounting how the triumph of Newtonian physics rendered superfluous the God that it had been Newton's purpose to honor through his science.
Not for everyone; but for me, magnificent.
The text is almost devoid of formatting, up to and including a lack of indentation, improper spacing on block quotes, improperly sized illustrations, misplaced quotation marks, etc. It's like they had someone just retype the book into a Word document, then republished and resold it on the assumption that grad students like myself will see the cost reduction and take the bait.
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OMG I love it!I am teaching my fifth grade students about the infinite universe and this book really grabbed their attention.Published on April 20, 2013 by R Joseph, BG Sidharth, and Ashwini Kumar Lal
The digital edition is awful. It lacks all the figures (there are just descriptions of them), has almost no formatting, paragraphs are not indented or at least visually separated... Read morePublished on April 14, 2013 by akcilap
To get a true sense of the Copernican Revolution, it is necessary to understand both:
1) Christian Europe's theological transformations, primarily , from 1400 to 1517... Read more