Taking the History of Science Really Seriously

This book is intended to offer a historical, conceptual and methodological analysis of selected iconic shifts (revolutions) in scientific belief and practice. Details steps in the Copernican Revolution as an exemplar of scientific revolutions (Scientific change). This is a process, not an episode¬¬¬, extending from the fifth century B.C.E (Plato, Aristotle) through Newton (1687), including Kepler (1610), Galileo (1630), Descartes (1640), Huygens (1675). Detailed analyses of these texts demonstrates that these several steps are linked by an awareness of unfulfilled epistemic values, predictive power, ontic comprehensiveness (partial realism), explanatory coherence, simplicity (in various forms)…

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