Unformatted text preview: • Motion of the planets: a giant whirlpool of tiny aether particles carries all of the planets around Sun; a smaller vortex around Earth pushes bodies down. • Heat: the result of the rapid bouncing around of tiny particles. • Magnetism: flow of screw-shaped particles through threaded channels in magnets and the Earth pushes and aligns magnets and bits of iron. Variants forms of the mechanical philosophy became enormously influential in mid-17th century; even those who did not follow Descartes broader philosophy sought purely mechanical explanations for physical phenomena....
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- Scientific Revolution, Avicenna, Averroes