Elements, Principles and Corpuscles: A Study of Atomism and Chemistry in the Seventeenth Century - International Archives of the History of Ideas / Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Idees 171 (Hardback)Antonio Clericuzio (author)
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Using a large number of primary sources, the author challenges the standard view of the corpuscular theory of matter as identical with the mechanical philosophy. He points out that different versions of the corpuscular philosophy flourished in the 17th century. Most of them were not based on the mechanical theory, i.e. on the view that matter is inert and has only mechanical properties. Throughout the 17th century, active principles, as well as chemical properties, are attributed to corpuscles. Given its broad coverage, the book is a significant contribution to both history of science and history of philosophy.
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 1130 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
Edition: 2001 ed.
Ambix 50 (2003)
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