Unformatted text preview: — lay bare the true physical mechanism of 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 patterns—and thus sharing God’s 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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- Fall '11
- Scientific Revolution, Johannes Kepler, Copernican planetary orbits