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    Galileo, Hobbes, and the Book of Nature.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 2004 - Perspectives on Science 12 (2):191-211.
    : This paper investigates the influence of Galileo's natural philosophy on the philosophical and methodological doctrines of Thomas Hobbes. In particular, I argue that what Hobbes took away from his encounter with Galileo was the fundamental idea that the world is a mechanical system in which everything can be understood in terms of mathematically-specifiable laws of motion. After tracing the history of Hobbes's encounters with Galilean science (through the "Welbeck group" connected with William Cavendish, earl of Newcastle and the "Mersenne (...)
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    Leibniz on the Foundations of the Calculus: The Question of the Reality of Infinitesimal Magnitudes.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 1998 - Perspectives on Science 6 (1):6-40.
  3. De Motu ; and, the Analyst.George Berkeley & Douglas Michael Jesseph - 1992
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  4. Squaring the Circle the War Between Hobbes and Wallis.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 1999
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    Berkeley's Revolution in Vision.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 1992 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 30 (2):306-307.
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    Descartes, Pascal, and the Epistemology of Mathematics: The Case of the Cycloid.Douglas Michael Jesseph - 2007 - Perspectives on Science 15 (4):410-433.
    This paper deals with the very different attitudes that Descartes and Pascal had to the cycloid—the curve traced by the motion of a point on the periphery of a circle as the circle rolls across a right line. Descartes insisted that such a curve was merely mechanical and not truly geometric, and so was of no real mathematical interest. He nevertheless responded to enquiries from Mersenne, who posed the problems of determining its area and constructing its tangent. Pascal, in contrast, (...)
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