Method and taste in natural philosophy

  • C. Truesdell


I am frequently asked to define rational mechanics or natural philosophy. The questioner usually wishes particularly to know what is excluded. Is everything else “irrational” or “unnatural”? In fact, the revival of both these old terms began as a measure of defense, not seeking to exclude any particular area but rather to find a name covering something excluded by everyone else.


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  1. 1.
    Truesdell, C., & W. Noll: The non-linear field theories of mechanics, Flugge’s Encyclopedia of Physics, vol. III, part 3, Berlin-Heidelberg-New York: Springer 1965Google Scholar
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    Truesdell, C.: Ergodic theory in classical statistical mechanics (Lectures of May 23–31, 1960), p. 21–56 of Ergodic Theory. New York: Academic Press 1962.Google Scholar

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