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A historical reconstruction of mechanics as a mathematical physical science

A historical reconstruction of mechanics as a mathematical physical science According to the widespread opinion of historians, modern mechanics is the result of a revolutionary phenomenon that occurred during the Renaissance, during the so-called scientific revolution, because of the concourse of many factors including the discovery of fundamental mathematical and scientific Archimedean, or more generally Hellenistic, texts, the spread of a Platonic vision of reality in which mathematics played a key role and more in general the affirmation of a mechanistic natural philosophy. I have a different opinion; according to it modern mechanics was primarily born as a natural development of a mechanics carried out by more or less remote mathematicians, of whom Archimedes was an illustrious exponent only. Besides mechanics, these mathematicians developed other sciences known as mixed mathematics: optics, astronomy, music, which are at the basis of modern mathematical physics. This article intends to support this latter opinion making reference to original documents. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids SAGE

A historical reconstruction of mechanics as a mathematical physical science

Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids , Volume 21 (9): 21 – Oct 1, 2016

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SAGE
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© The Author(s) 2014
ISSN
1081-2865
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1741-3028
DOI
10.1177/1081286514553146
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Abstract

According to the widespread opinion of historians, modern mechanics is the result of a revolutionary phenomenon that occurred during the Renaissance, during the so-called scientific revolution, because of the concourse of many factors including the discovery of fundamental mathematical and scientific Archimedean, or more generally Hellenistic, texts, the spread of a Platonic vision of reality in which mathematics played a key role and more in general the affirmation of a mechanistic natural philosophy. I have a different opinion; according to it modern mechanics was primarily born as a natural development of a mechanics carried out by more or less remote mathematicians, of whom Archimedes was an illustrious exponent only. Besides mechanics, these mathematicians developed other sciences known as mixed mathematics: optics, astronomy, music, which are at the basis of modern mathematical physics. This article intends to support this latter opinion making reference to original documents.

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Published: Oct 1, 2016

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