Project (2017-)

The Emergence and Expansion of Preclassical Mechanics

This project purports to show that a version of mechanical knowledge, referred to here as preclassical mechanics, which is not reducible to Newtonian physics yet was rich in new results and coherent to a high degree, gained a certain degree of hegemony circa 1550–1650. This thesis is anchored in an account spanning a long period of the emergence of theoretical knowledge about mechanical phenomena from everyday experiences, the accumulation of practical know-how concerning tools and machines, and reflection and subsequent conceptualization of intuitive explanations for such knowledge. The results of the project will be published with Springer in 2018.