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Mersenne Dear

Mersenne Dear

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CORNELLHISTORYOFSCIENCESERIES
Editor:L.PearceWilliamsTheScientificReinterpretationofForm
by
NormaE.Emerton
GeologyintheNineteenthCentury:ChangingViewsofaChangingWorld
by
MottT.Greene
MersenneandtheLearningoftheSchools
by
PeterDear
MERSENNE NDTHELE RNINGORTHES HOOLS
PeterDear
 ORNELLUNIVERSITYPRESS
ITHACAANDLONDON
 
THISBOOKHASBEENPUBLISHEDWITHTHEAIDOFAGRANTFROMTHEHULLMEMORIALPUBLICATIONFUNDOFCORNELLUNIVERSITY.
Copyright©1988byCornellUniversityAllrightsreserved.Exceptforbriefquotationsinareview,thisbook,orpartsthereof,mustnotbereproducedinanyformwithoutpermissioninwritingfromthepublisher.Forinformation,addressCornellUniversityPress,124RobertsPlace,Ithaca,NewYork14850.Firstpublished1988byCornellUniversityPress.InternationalStandardBookNumber0-8014-1875-5LibraryofCongressCatalogCardNumber87-23935PrintedintheUnitedStatesofAmerica
Librarians:LibraryofCongresscataloginginformationappearsonthelastpageofthebook.Thepaperinthisbookisacid-freeandmeetstheguidelinesforpermanenceanddurabilityoftheCommitteeonProductionGuidelinesforBookLongevityoftheCouncilonLibraryResources.
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HistoryoftheWaifareofSciencewithThf ologyinChristendom
(1896)wasaVoltaireanattackonChristiantheologyandthebarriersithadcreatedtopreventthegrowthofscience.Findingantiscientificclericsortheirsupportersalmosteverywhere,Whitedeploredthegenerallynefariousinfluenceofchurchesontheprogressofthehumanspirit.Theparadigmwas, ofcourse,theGalileoaffair;asithasremaineduntilthisday.
In
recentyears,this-view.:hascomeunderincreasingattack.Such scholarsasRichardWestfall,John
Heilbron,
MargaretOsler,andEdwardDavishaverevealed.theimportanceforscienceofthere-ligiousdimensionandshownthatthe conflict wasmoreimaginedthanreal.Inparticular,theScientificRevolutionoftheseventeenthcenturylooksmoreandmorelikeamovementinwhichthebasicideasofscienceandtheologywereradicallyrevisedandtherelationsbetweenthetwoareasfundamentallyredefined.Theresultwasnotconflictbutsurprising
harmony.
Oneofthemajorfiguresinthisrealignment,althoughnotagiantofscience,wastheMinimmonkMarinMersenne.Mersennehaslongbeenknowntohistoriansofscience,ofcourse,asoneofthegreat correspondentsoftheScientificRevolutionwho,throughhisletters,spreadthegoodnewsofscientificdiscoverythroughoutthelearnedworldofEurope.Wha-t.ProfessorDearhasdoneinthisworkistorevealadifferentdimension'ofMersenne'sactivities.Hereheappears asanaturalphilosopherwrestlingwithsomeofthephilosophicalproblemsraisedbytheNewLearningandcomingdownquitesound-[vii]

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