Mersenne and His Correspondents: An Essay on the Social Origins of Modern Scientific Method
Davidson, Thomas, History - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Lambert, Erin, AS-History, University of Virginia
A review of and commentary on the letters exchanged between Marin Mersenne and his large circle of scientific and philosophical correspondents in the early seventeenth century. The particular focus of the study is the process by which Mersenne and his contemporaries developed new approaches to establishing knowledge in the wake of the Copernican revolution and the failure of the Aristotelian systems of explanation of physical phenomena.
MA (Master of Arts)
Scientific Epistemology, Seventeenth Century, Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge