Fact, Faith and Fiction in the Development of Science: The by R. Hooykaas

By R. Hooykaas

In this posthumous ebook, the past due Professor R. Hooykaas (1906-1994) conveys a life of old considered modes of medical enhance over the centuries. In what number of methods has the human brain, with all its subjectivity and its ability for self-deception, but in addition its piercing presents of discovery, controlled to return to phrases with `the whimsical methods of nature'? primary to this erudite, penetrating, and largely ranging learn is Hooykaas's contrast among facts (given by way of nature but solely topic to our mode of studying them), faith (broad conceptions just like the notion of order, of simplicity, or of harmony), and fictions within the feel of these bold highbrow instruments, akin to theories and hypotheses and versions, which replicate the scientist's artistic mind's eye. Case reports drawn from the background of all branches of technological know-how (including chemistry and the earth sciences) and from Antiquity to the current day, serve to widen and to deepen the knowledge of each reader (whether a historian of technology or now not) with a wish to research extra in regards to the realities of the medical pursuit.

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To him the divine Ideas are not considered as distorted images seen in the imperfeet mirror of the material world; they are perfect images, for 'where matter is, there is geometry' (ubi materia, ibi geometria).

The dogma of the perfect circularity and uniformity of the heavenly motions. This had been 'the more a mischievous thief of time as it had been supported by the authority of all philosophers and apparently in agreement with metaphysics. ,55 Kepler now concluded that the paths of the planets are not circles but ellipses, of which the Sun occupies one focus (Kepler's first law). 40 CHAPTERII ~: ~; ~ ~~ ~ ~ Saturnus Venus t~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~b ~~ Jupiter Mercurius 02 ~ - Q~~~ Mars fere 6~6~~ Terra Hic locum habet etiam D Fig.

H. HARMONY IN NATURE 1. THE PYTHAGOREANS .......................................................................................................... 1. Numbers and the Structure olthe World.................................................. 2. Consonance and Numerical Ratios ................................................ 29 2. PLATO ................................................................................................................................ 1. Plato on Music ............................................................................................................

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