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Much Ado about Nothing: Theories of Space and Vacuum from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution Paperback – May 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521061926 ISBN-10: 052106192X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052106192X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521061926
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,719,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The primary objective of this study is to provide a description of the major ideas about void space within and beyond the world that were formulated between the fourteenth and early eighteenth centuries. The second part of the book - on infinite, extracosmic void space - is of special significance.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on August 11, 2005
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While the philosophical discussion about void space and the vacuum had been going on since the time of Aristotle, it was the Scholastics that placed God at the center of the argument. To them if God was infinite, then He needed infinte space in which to occupy. Newton agreed with this argument. But Duns Scotus and later Leibniz showed that God's presence was not needed; He could act by His will alone. Thus God was removed from space without charges of atheism being leveled. "With God's departure, physical scientists finally had an infinite, three-dimensional, void frame within which they could study the motion of bodies without the need to do theology as well." An interesting look at a fascinating subject.
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