David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Perspectives on Science 12 (2):164-190 (2004)
Numerical tables are important objects of study in a range of fields, yet they have been largely ignored by historians of science. This paper contrasts and compares ways in which numerical tables were used by Galileo and Mersenne, especially in the Dialogo and Harmonie Universelle. I argue that Galileo and Mersenne used tables in radically different ways, though rarely to present experimental data. Galileo relied on tables in his work on error theory in day three of the Dialogo and also used them in a very different setting in the last day of the Discorsi. In Mersenne's case they represent an important but so far unrecognized feature of his notion of universal harmony. I conclude by presenting a classification of different ways in which tables were used within the well-defined disciplinary and temporal boundaries of my research. In doing so, however, I provide a useful tool for extending similar investigations to broader domains
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Carla Rita Palmerino (1999). Infinite Degrees of Speed Marin Mersenne and the Debate Over Galileo's Law of Free Fall. Early Science and Medicine 4 (4):269-328.
Thomas Hankins (1999). Blood, Dirt, and Nomograms: A Particular History of Graphs. Isis: A Journal of the History of Science 90:50-80.
Jay Tribby (1991). Cooking Clio and Cleo: Eloquence and Experiment in Seventeenth-Century Florence. Journal of the History of Ideas 52:417-439.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Domenico Bertoloni Meli (2004). The Role of Numerical Tables in Galileo and Mersenne. Perspectives on Science 12 (2).
Daniel Garber (2004). On the Frontlines of the Scientific Revolution: How Mersenne Learned to Love Galileo. Perspectives on Science 12 (2):135-163.
Douglas Michael Jesseph (2004). Galileo, Hobbes, and the Book of Nature. Perspectives on Science 12 (2):191-211.
Carla Rita Palmerino (2010). Experiments, Mathematics, Physical Causes: How Mersenne Came to Doubt the Validity of Galileo's Law of Free Fall. Perspectives on Science 18 (1):pp. 50-76.
Steffen Ducheyne (2006). Galileo's Interventionist Notion of "Cause&Quot. Journal of the History of Ideas 67 (3):443-464.
Joseph C. Pitt (1988). Galileo, Rationality and Explanation. Philosophy of Science 55 (1):87-103.
Maarten Van Dyck (2005). The Paradox of Conceptual Novelty and Galileo's Use of Experiments. Philosophy of Science 72 (5):864-875.
Maarten Dycvank (2005). The Paradox of Conceptual Novelty and Galileo's Use of Experiments. Philosophy of Science 72 (5):864-875.
Marta Fehér (1998). Patterns of Argumentation in Galileo'sDiscorsi. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (1):17-24.
Sj George V. Coyne (2013). Science Meets Biblical Exegesis in the Galileo Affair. Zygon 48 (1):221-229.
Noel Malcolm (2011). The Title of Hobbes's Refutation of Thomas White's De Mundo. Hobbes Studies 24 (2):179-188.
Marta Feh (1998). Patterns of Argumentation in Galileo's Discorsi. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 12 (1):17 – 24.
Gabriele Gramelsberger (2011). What Do Numerical (Climate) Models Really Represent? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 42 (2):296-302.
Maurice A. Finocchiaro (1976). Galileo and the Philosophy of Science. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1976:130 - 139.
Added to index2010-09-14
Total downloads28 ( #145,763 of 1,911,814 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #323,440 of 1,911,814 )
How can I increase my downloads?