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The Birth of a New Physics
These are notions so basic to our view of life that we take them for granted. But in the seventeenth century they were revolutionary, heretical, even dangerous to the men who formed them. Culture, religion, and science had intertwined over the centuries to create a world view based on a stationary earth. Indeed, if the earth moved, would not birds be blown off the trees an...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 17th 1985 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published January 1st 1960)
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Un très bon livre d'histoire internaliste sur la révolution scientifique. Bernard Cohen montre bien l'évolution des concepts physiques et leur progressive mathématisation au cours du 17e siècle. Malheureusement, les passages sur l'expérimentation et sur la statut de l'expérience en général sont nettement inférieurs au reste. Malgré d'importants ajouts au fil des rééditions, ce livre commence à dater un peu. La place des institutions, comme la Royal Society est à peu près absente, ce qui n'est pa...more
I love this book! If you've read "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions," by Thomas Kuhn, you'll immediately see that Cohen has taken Kuhn's concept of "paradigm shifts" and fleshed it out with one example. If you haven't read Kuhn, run don't walk to get your copy of "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions."