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A History of Natural Philosophy: From the Ancient World to the Nineteenth Century
Natural philosophy encompassed all natural phenomena of the physical world. It sought to discover the physical causes of all natural effects and was little concerned with mathematics. By contrast, the exact mathematical sciences were narrowly confined to various computations that did not involve physical causes, functioning totally independently of natural philosophy. ...more
Published January 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published November 29th 2002)
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While this survey of natural philosophy is indeed comprehensive, I felt it to be quite haphazard and lacking structure beyond the historical timeline given. Moreover, Grant tends to overemphasize biographical sketches of thinkers as well as the issue of translating text across cultures, which I found to be tangential to the philosophical exposition for which I was hungry. What much of the book starts out with in terms of Aristotles writing, the rest leaves to understanding how people grappled ...more
Edward Grant is an American historian of medieval science. He was named a Distinguished Professor in 1983. Other honors include the 1992 George Sarton Medal, for "a lifetime scholarly achievement" as an historian of science.