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Ruggiero Boscovich’s Theory of Natural Philosophy

Publication year: 2020

ISBN: 978-3-030-52093-9

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Drawing on published works, correspondence and manuscripts, this book offers the most comprehensive reconstruction of Boscovich’s theory within its historical context. It explains the genesis and theoretical as well as epistemological underpinnings in light of the Jesuit tradition to which Boscovich belonged, and contrasts his ideas with those of Newton, Leibniz, and their legacy. Finally, it debates crucial issues in early-modern physical science such as the concept of force, the particle-like structure of matter, the idea of material points and the notion of continuity, and shares novel insights on Boscovich’s alleged influence on later developments in physics.

Subject: History, History of Science, History and Philosophical Foundations of Physics, History of Mathematical Sciences, History of Philosophy, curve of forces, material point, natural philosophy, Jesuit science, early-modern force concepts, Newtonianism, Leibnizianism