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Unformatted text preview: Nature? penetrate to a deeper (perhaps mathematical) level of reality? Is the natural world intelligible to our minds? Nominalists (positivists) say no; we can really only catalog outward appearances. Mechanists say yes, but only because the world is ultimately just a machine. Pythagoreans say yes, because God built the world on mathematical patterns and gave us minds capable of grasping those patternsand thus sharing Gods thoughts. To test his theory, Kepler needed the best measurements of planetary positions. In 1600 he went to work for Tycho at Prague; later succeeded him as Imperial Astronomer....
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2011 for the course HISTORY 322D taught by Professor Hunt during the Fall '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '11
- Scientific Revolution