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How Revolutionary — and How Scientific — Was the Scientific Revolution?

September 13, 2016, 7:00 PM

Free

Professor of Philosophy Dan Cohen (Colby, Class of ’75) will discuss the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, which marked a sea change in Western thought about the world and humanity’s place in it. At its start, we located ourselves at the center of a finite, harmonious, purpose-filled cosmos. By its end, the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic complex of theories gave way to a Newtonian universe quantitatively defined by space and time, matter and motion, and mass and momentum. It also gave the world two powerful ideas: science and a scientific revolution. In retrospect, neither one is a perfect fit in describing that era.

Details

Date:
September 13, 2016
Time:
7:00 PM
Cost:
Free
Website:
web.colby.edu/continuingrevolutions/events/scientific-revolutions/

Organizer

Megan Fossa
Phone:
859-4165
Email:
mefossa@colby.edu

Venue

Room 100, Lovejoy Building, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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