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On Archimedes’ statics

Valente, Mario Bacelar (2020) On Archimedes’ statics. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 35 (2). pp. 235-242. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Archimedes' statics is considered as an example of ancient Greek applied mathematics; it is even seen as the beginning of mechanics. Wilbur Knorr made the case regarding this work, as other works by him or other mathematicians from ancient Greece, that it lacks references to the physical phenomena it is supposed to address. According to Knorr, this is understandable if we consider the propositions of the treatise in terms of purely mathematical elaborations suggested by quantitative aspects of the phenomena. In this paper, we challenge Knorr's view, and address propositions of Archimedes' statics in their relation to physical phenomena.


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Valente, Mario Bacelarmar.bacelar@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: statics; Archimedes; principle of the lever; mechanics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Applicability
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 25 May 2020 16:17
Last Modified: 25 May 2020 16:17
Item ID: 17211
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: https://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.20482
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Applicability
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Date: May 2020
Page Range: pp. 235-242
Volume: 35
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17211

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