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  1. Energy, Dynamics, Hidden Machinery: Rankine, Thomson and Tait, Maxwell.Donald Franklin Moyer - 1977 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 8 (3):251.
  • ‘Mechanical Philosophy’ and the Emergence of Physics in Britain: 1800–1850.Crosbie Smith - 1976 - Annals of Science 33 (1):3-29.
    In the late eighteenth century Newton's Principia was studied in the Scottish universities under the influence of the local school of ‘Common Sense’ philosophy. John Robison, holding the key chair of natural philosophy at Edinburgh from 1774 to 1805, provided a new conception of ‘mechanical philosophy’ which proved crucial to the emergence of physics in nineteenth century Britain. At Cambridge the emphasis on ‘mixed mathematics’ was taken to a new level of refinement and application by the introduction of analytical methods (...)
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