Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics

  • Rivka Feldhay
  • Jürgen Renn
  • Matthias Schemmel
  • Matteo Valleriani

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 270)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Historiographical Framework

  3. The Ancient Roots and Emergence of Preclassical Mechanics

  4. The Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics

  5. Rivka Feldhay, Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel, Matteo Valleriani
    Pages C1-C1
  6. Rivka Feldhay, Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel, Matteo Valleriani
    Pages C3-C3
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 325-327

About this book


This book is divided into two sections. The first section is concerned with the emergence and expansion of a form of mechanical knowledge defined by us as pre-classical mechanics. The definition purports to the period roughly between the 15th and the 17th century, before classical mechanics was formulated as a coherent and comprehensive mechanical theory in the sequel of Newton's work. The investigation of problems that were isolated from each other at the time but cohered into some kind of stable broad intellectual framework characterizes pre-classical mechanics. The second section is dedicated to specific case studies that present the application of a pre-classical framework to determined problems and to the investigation of specific natural phenomena. It consists of five case studies that illustrate in detail a reconstruction of pre-classical mechanics in particular constellations. Early modern theoretical, technical and social contexts transformed ancient and medieval mechanical knowledge in the course of its transmission. 


Calculatores Conceptions of Impetus De caelo Development of Knowledge Galileian Mechanics Mechanical Knowledge New Science of Motion Renaissance Technologies Context of Scientific Theories Modern Relativity Theory Preclassical Mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Rivka Feldhay
    • 1
  • Jürgen Renn
    • 2
  • Matthias Schemmel
    • 3
  • Matteo Valleriani
    • 4
  1. 1.Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas & Minerva Humanities CenterUniversity of Tel AvivTel Aviv-YafoIsrael
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90343-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90345-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-7942
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