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Rather than being a listing of actual theories or experimental observations on the science of physics, Aristotle's 'Physics' is more an exposition on the theory, methodology and philosophy of science. Central to the theme of the book is Aristotle's argument that the scientist must ready him or herself for a world in motion and change that is inevitable. Of interest to anyo ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Digireads.com (first published -340)
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Roy Lotz
Of all the ancient thinkers that medieval Christians could have embraced, it always struck me as pretty remarkable that Aristotle was chosen. Of course, ‘chosen’ isn’t the right word; rather, it was something of a historical coincidence, since Aristotle’s works were available in Latin translation, while those of Plato were not.

Nonetheless, Aristotle strikes me as a particularly difficult thinker to build a monotheistic worldview around. There’s simply nothing mystical about him. His feet are pla
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Lynne Williams
Oct 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this at Cornell College, Iowa. The course was titled: Western Humanism. It counted for four credits, when other courses gave three. I asked my student adviser why. The course was worth four credits because it was more difficult than most. Color me intrigued! The professor permitted no one to take notes and was a master of the Socratic method of teaching. We began with Boethius and kept moving. Dr. Crossett did not permit 'Yes, but..." He also would choose a student at the end of the three ...more
kaelan
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, this is an exceedingly difficult text to get through. Although Aristotle is one of philosophy’s most brilliant minds, he is absolutely unquestionably wrong a lot of the time. What this means for the reader is that you have to be constantly critical—you can’t assume, for instance, that a particular argument is going to be valid or invalid... you actually have to get down to the logic of it and figure that s--t out.

To confuse matters further, Aristotle will often introduce an apparently
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Erick
While this book helped me appreciate Aristotle's philosophical merit, it hasn't changed my opinion that Aristotle is tedious and pedantic.
Aristotle does explore fascinating topics in this collection of lectures: infinity, time, change, place, movement/motion, space, etc, but Aristotle can make even topics that should be otherwise fascinating incredibly dry. Many of his arguments would seemingly require a diagrammatic approach, but, unfortunately, the reader is left to schematize Aristotle's log
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Jeremy
Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Whew, this was one hell of a slough. While it's not strictly speaking a hard book to read, it deals with so many huge, uber-abstract ideas one after the other that it just leaves you exhausted. In some ways it feels more like a Compendium than a strict philosophical text. Aristotle examines every phenomenon that he can think of, Being, Space, Motion, Matter, Time, Infinity, Magnitude, etc. in an attempt to pin down and rationally account for how the universe as he understands it works. It's unre ...more
Sawsan Alotaibi
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: طابور-2013
ما قاله المترجم في هذه المقدمة : "
ويتبين من هذه الأمثلة أن كتاب السماع الطبيعي أو الفيزياء الذي نقلب صفحاته، يشكل البنية الذهنية لكل قارئ عربي بها تنظم المعلومات، ويتكون تصوره عن العالم: وهكذا يكون أرسطو لا يزال يستبطن ويلبس نمطاً من الفكر الإنساني طوال قرون كاملة، ويكمن في تصوراته الذهنية لا يستطيع الفكاك منها "
كافٍ جداً ليبين غرضي من قراءة هذا الكتاب.

وفعلاً لم يكن غريباً علي من ناحيتين:
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فالفلسفة الكلامية المتأثرة بالمشائية تأخذ من مصطلحات
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Genni
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Goodness. Aristotle attempts to cover a lot of ground in 231 pages. He covers opposites, time, infinity, motion, matter, causation, and void with change being the underlying principle experienced by all phenomenon. He attacks atomists and defends teleology. My mind is still reeling, trying to grasp some of his concepts.

“For things to qualify as principles they must not consist of one another or of other things and everything must consist of them”. For Aristotle, change is just such a principle.

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Briana
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

This was one of those books that made me think, "I don't understand this book. I don't want to understand this book. I don't need to understand this book. I hate this book. Why am I in college? Why do I read these things? OH LORD NOT ANOTHER 20 PAGES LET ME DIE NOW."

This book taught me how fundamentally immature I really am.

I like my time-space continuum discussion in sci-fi tv shows, not in philosophic definitions.
Yann
Il n'est pas toujours facile d'intéresser ses semblables à la lecture des auteurs antiques : ils souffrent souvent du préjugés d'être obscures, inutiles et dépassés. Ainsi, la Physique d'Aristote est franchement à déconseiller à qui voudrait les découvrir. Le style est particulièrement lourd, répétitif, et souvent abscons à force d'acribie. Le sujet est la nature, mais Aristote embrasse un périmètre un peu différent que celui que l'on entend de nos jours par "sciences physiques". En effet, pas d ...more
Antonette Serine
Feb 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Infinity exists only in potential
Alp Turgut
Uzun zamandan beri listemde olmasına rağmen "İkinci Çözümlemeler"le ilgili kötü tecrübem üzerine ertelediğim Aristoteles’in "Fizik"i ne yazık ki korktuğum gibi çok da keyifli bir okuma olmadı. Zamanının şartları göz önünde bulundurulduğunda bilgisiyle kendisine hayran bırakan Aristoteles, dünyanın uzaydaki deviniminden zamanın göreleliğine kadar kendinden sonra keşfedilen bir sürü konuya ışık oluyor. Fakat buna rağmen zaman aşımına uğramış teorileri ve açıklık yaratmayan tümevarımlarıyla yararlı ...more
Dorotea
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bertrand Russell said that you need to study Aristotle's physics even though modern science could hardly accept a single phrase of the book. I agree.
Vilius Karsokas
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science students
Shelves: most-valuable
I had difficulties understanding every reasoning displayed by Aristotle probably because of the modern scientific outlook of 21st century that had a large influence on me . Nontheless, I was left impressed by capabilities of a man who lived few thousand years ago and on which shoulders future scientific thinkers stood.
Danny
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Aristotle's Physics as tedious as the next guy, but we mustn't forget what it is we're reading. These are lecture notes on natural philosophy, not "physics" in our modern sense. In this respect, the title is something of a misnomer. Aristotle asks many of the questions that occupy modern-day physicists, such as, what is the essence of nature? what is motion? what causes it? what is space? can space be devoid of matter? what is time? Are space and time infinite or finite? But his procedure ...more
Brent Pinkall
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Physics is refreshing because Aristotle is interested in the world as humans experience it--not like Plato, who sees the real world as the world of the forms, or the naturalists, who see the real world as nothing but matter in motion. Neither of these two worlds are accessible to us. They do not account for our everyday experience. Aristotle, however, approaches the world through human eyes, and because of that he is in many respects the easiest ancient philosopher to understand. Aristotle d ...more
Cameron
A deeply thought-provoking and frequently exhausting series of lectures outlining the basic principles of nature and motion. It would be hard to understate the importance of this text in shaping the broadest contours of science and metaphysics. For Heidegger, the Physics determined the "warp and woof of the whole of Western thinking." But make no mistake - to get through this book and absorb the enormity of Aristotle's observations and insight is to accept the challenge of staying engaged at a v ...more
Daniel Wright
Aristotle's Physics gets a bad rep these days, somewhat unfairly. The book actually is as much philosophy as what we would call science; and though most of the science is mistaken, and some of the philosophy is flawed or contradictory, it nevertheless raises questions that are still not easy to answer. And even when Aristotle is wrong, it's often difficult to see why. I blitzed through this in less than a day, so I can't pretend to have followed all of it by any means.
Don
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sjc
As far as I can tell (and I've done a lot of comparing), Hope's translation is the only decent translation of the Physics into English. Plus, he gives lots of footnotes with comments by St. Thomas and Averroes - in Latin. The helpful appendix with definitions of technical Greek terms, with both English and Latin definitions, would be even more helpful if it were alphabetical, but this is a minor quibble with an otherwise excellent and affordable edition.
Ryan
Jun 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Well I read this book so I could be a little smarter but feel I'm a while heckuva lot stupider. It is quite fascinating that he came to such knowledge in time, matter, speed and all that junk given the tools he had 2300 years ago!
Val
I'm just now marking this as read bc I think lots of people would really enjoy and benefit from reading it!
Teresa Villaseñor
It's a really interesting but sometimes confusing book.
Imagine you travel to another dimension and then someone gives you a book that tells you how everything works. It was something like that. All Aristotle's postulates make sense in a way but you know that isn't so but it makes sense. To understand it you have to forget everything you know about movement and the elements and time and gravity. Remember, there wasn't the concept of gravity back then. It's also very interesting to see the weight
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Ryan Bolton
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this book after putting it on hold numerous times throughout my 3 month reading session.
I have found that the most accurate way to describe this book to my peers is that it is interesting, but not entertaining (with the exception of some passages).
The main reasoning behind this is that Aristotle continuously describes the same ideas over and over. (Change is continuous, there must be a first changer, anything that changes is capable of being changed, ad infinitum). The languag
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Daniel Coren
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could have done with more humor and wit. But contains some pretty ingenious discussions of generation, time, change, divisibility, causation, voluntary self-locomotion, and the Toronto Raptors.
Sophie
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks, Shimer.
Roberto Rigolin Ferreira Lopes
We are in 340 BC, Aristotle is teaching us natural philosophy discussing fundamental patterns claiming that nature is everywhere the cause of order; or the principle of motion and change. Pythagoras, Plato and Zeno are his main references while pointing out mistakes in the state-of-the-art. YOU are about to enjoy the privilege of living after Galileo and Newton, both born ~1900 years after Aristotle.
Manuel Quiroz
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¡Por Dios, es Aristóteles! ¿Qué más hay que decir?
Kenneth
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Physics of Aristotle is surprisingly an interesting book. Significant issues that Aristotle addresses continue to lie outside the contemporary understanding of the material universe.

Contrasted with Greek metaphysics, ancient physics is often involved with the same subject matter from different angles. In particular, Aristotle applies the science of logic to important phenomenon including the nature of the Void, Time, Place, Motion, Magnitude, Number in addition to Infinitude.

The Aristotelia
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Brian Schiebout
Physics by Aristotle translated into English by R. P. Hardie and R. K. Gaye is a treatise on the basics of nature. Nature according to Aristotle in book two is the source or cause of being moved and of being at rest in that to which it belongs primarily. As such the book deals mostly with motion which is the principle on which all physics is based. While some might say that physics details the smallest of particles it is better and more accurate to refer to physics even today as the search for h ...more
Ben
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greece
All of the elegance and beauty of modern physics is noticeably missing in the ancient system. The effort made to understand the world is highly impressive in itself even if Aristotle's system did lead to centuries of misconceptions in the field (and still does today considering the widely-used Kalam Cosmological Argument is based of Aristotelian physics), but compared with light bending around stars, black holes ripping matter apart as it crosses the event horizon, or atoms colliding in a parti ...more
Gayane
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was a drag. I thought the main obstacle in reading Physics would be the book itself, well, considering that it's more than 2000 years old. But nope, the translation was the main problem. I got the one from R.P. Hardie and R.K. Gaye, made in 1930, and man, I was suffering. The language would become simply unbearable at times and I would have to skip paragraphs, even pages. Please, anyone who have read this book, let me know how your experience with English translation was.

Then comes th
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(Greece: Αριστοτέλης)
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