Contemporary physicist's high regard for Aristotle's Physics

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Contemporary physicist's high regard for Aristotle's Physics

Postby Marshall on July 24th, 2014, 1:18 am 

http://arxiv.org/pdf/1312.4057v1.pdf

Interesting upward revision. Aristotle's physics has gotten a bad press---said to be dogmatic, non-empirical, held over as a medieval tradition that modern science had to break away from.

Turns out when looked carefully from a modern perspective, applied to the range of phenomena it was intended to describe/explain, it stacks up pretty well.

Some lessons here about the way scientific progresses.
Marshall
 


Re: Contemporary physicist's high regard for Aristotle's Phy

Postby owleye on July 24th, 2014, 11:22 am 

I believe Darwin's Origin of the Species by Natural Selection has a prominent dedication to Aristotle.

I think the reason for the dismissive nature of Aristotle is due to it being considered gospel for nigh a millennia. There's something to this, even with Newton. Thomas Kuhn depicted this idea in his 1962 book "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", though I suppose other interpretations than his are possible.
owleye
 



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