2011-10-10 -- The Scientific Revolution

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Unformatted text preview: The Scientific Revolution? History 108 October 10, 2011 Prof. November Hypothesis Non Fingo • Hypothesis Non Fingo : “I Feign No Hypothesis” – Null hypothesis • Newton’s models are predictive, not explanatory – Departure from Descartes (and almost all before him) – Metaphysics have no observable effect on cosmos • Empowering for many, deeply unsatisfying for others Newton’s “Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy ” I. “We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearance.” II. “Therefore to the same natural effects we must, as far as possible, assign the same causes.” Newton’s “Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy” III. “The qualities of bodies, which admit neither intensification nor remission of degrees, and which are found to belong to all bodies within the reach of our experiments, are to be esteemed the universal qualities of all bodies whatsoever.” Newton’s “Rules of Reasoning in...
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