University Park:: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009.. 8vo. xvi, 344 pp. Illustrations, index. Black cloth, dust-jacket. Near fine. ISBN: 9780271035253 First edition. "Studies the path of natural philosophy (i.e., physics) from Isaac Newton through Scotland into the nineteenth-century background to the modern revolution in physics. Examines how the history of science has been influenced by John Robison and other notable intellectuals of the Scottish Enlightenment" â€“ publisher. Â“David WilsonÂ’s comprehensive study of Scottish Enlightenment natural philosophy explores in detail the extent to which chemical ideas shaped the teaching of natural philosophy in Scotland, the ways in which natural theological concerns drove natural philosophizing, and the ways in which metaphysical and epistemological concerns were incorporated into the teaching of natural philosophy. The scholarship is sound and reflects a thorough command of relevant printed and manuscript materials.Â” â€” Richard G. Olson, Harvey Mudd College. Contents: Changing Newton : the legacy of the early Scottish Newtonians, 1690-1740 -- Midcentury Glasgow University, 1740-1760 -- The natural philosophy of common-sense philosophy : Thomas Reid and his colleagues, 1760-1788 -- The natural philosophy of chemistry : Joseph Black and his disciples, 1760-1786 -- Contemplating knowledge and nature : John Anderson, 1760-1796 -- John Robison's phlogiston physics, circa 1780 -- John Robison's Boscovichian physics, circa 1800 -- Turn-of-the-century Edinburg University, 1790-1810. (Inventory #: BL4531)
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