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    Reworking Descartes’ Mathesis Universalis: John Schuster: Descartes-Agonistes: Physico-Mathematics, Method and Corpuscular-Mechanism 1618-33. Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, Xix+631pp, $179.00/€142.79/£122.00 HB. [REVIEW]Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2014 - Metascience 23 (3):613-618.
    Book review of John Schuster: Descartes-agonistes: Physico-mathematics, method and corpuscular-mechanism 1618-33. (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Volume 27.) Dordrecht: Springer, 2013, xix + 631pp. Descartes-Agonistes is the magnum opus of John Schuster, formerly of the University of New South Wales, honorary fellow at the University of Sydney. Its roots go back to the dissertation he wrote 35 years ago under Thomas Kuhn at Princeton University. As Schuster correctly remarks, some regard his dissertation as an underground classic. I count (...)
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    Once Snell Breaks Down: From Geometrical to Physical Optics in the Seventeenth Century.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2004 - Annals of Science 61 (2):165-185.
    Snell's law of refraction did not affect the study of optics until twenty‐five years after its publication in 1637 and by then its universality threatened to break down already. Two optical phenomena—colour dispersion and strange refraction—were discovered that did not conform to the sine law. In the early 1670s, Isaac Newton and Christiaan Huygens respectively investigated these phenomena. They tried to describe the irregular behaviour of light rays mathematically and to reconcile it with ordinary refraction. This paper discusses their investigations (...)
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    Book Symposium on Robert P. Crease’s World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011. [REVIEW]Jan Kyrre Berg Olsen Friis, Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis, Robert C. Scharff, Donn Welton & Robert P. Crease - 2013 - Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):227-246.
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    Understandings of Colors: Varieties of Theories in the Color Worlds of the Early Seventeenth Century.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2015 - Early Science and Medicine 20 (4-6):515-535.
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    Beeckman’s Engagement of Mechanics and Philosophy: Klaas van Berkel: Isaac Beeckman on Matter and Motion: Mechanical Philosophy in the Making. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, Viii+265pp, $39.95 PB.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2015 - Metascience 24 (1):91-93.
    Isaac Beeckman was a master craftsman from the Zeeland town Middelburg who studied to become schoolmaster in the Holland towns of Rotterdam and Dordrecht. He was a strict Calvinist and a tireless observer and contemplator of natural phenomena. Foremost, he was the first mechanical philosopher in Europe who played a key role in the intellectual development of René Descartes and inspired pioneers of mechanistic thinking Marin Mersenne and Pierre Gassendi . We know this because Beeckman kept a journal throughout his (...)
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    The Rise and Decline of Dutch Technological Leadership: Technology, Economy and Culture in the Netherlands, 1350-1800.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2010 - Early Science and Medicine 15 (3):315-317.
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    Principles of Weighing Water: Alan Chalmers: One Hundred Years of Pressure: Hydrostatics From Stevin to Newton. Dordrecht: Springer, 2017, Ix+197pp. €99.99 HB.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2019 - Metascience 28 (2):181-186.
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    Vincenzo De Risi . Mathematizing Space: The Objects of Geometry From Antiquity to the Early Modern Age. Ix + 318 Pp., Illus., Figs., Index. Cham: Birkhäuser/Springer, 2014. €128.39. [REVIEW]Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2016 - Isis 107 (2):383-384.
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    Reading Up on the Opticks. Refashioning Newton's Theories of Light and Colors in Eighteenth-Century Textbooks.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2008 - Perspectives on Science 16 (4):pp. 309-327.
    Robert Smith’s A Compleat System of Opticks (1738) was the most prominent eighteenth-century text-book account of Newton’s optics. By rearranging the findings and conclusions of Opticks, it made them accessible to a wider public and at the same time refashioned Newton’s optics into a renewed science of optics. In this process, the optical parts of Principia were integrated, thus blending the experimental inferences and mechanistic hypotheses that Newton had carefully separated. The Compleat System was not isolated in its refashioning of (...)
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    Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe. Between Market and Laboratory.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2013 - Annals of Science 70 (4):559-562.
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    De veelvormigheid van de wetenschap.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2007 - Krisis 8 (2):78-81.
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    Conjunctions in Paris: Interactions Between Rømer and Huygens.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2012 - Centaurus 54 (1):58-76.
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    Jim Bennett;, Sofia Talas . Cabinets of Experimental Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Europe. Xxiii + 253 Pp., Illus., Bibl., Index. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2013. $147. [REVIEW]Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2014 - Isis 105 (4):840-841.
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    Van "Konstgenoten" en hemelse fenomenen: Nederlandse sterrenkunde in de achttiende eeuw. Huibert Jan Zuidervaart.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2001 - Isis 92 (1):181-182.
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  15. The Good Life In The Scientific Revolution. Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, and The Cultivation of Virtue - by Matthew Jones.Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis - 2008 - Centaurus 50 (4):334-335.
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