Project

The metaphysics and mathematics of collision

Duration
01 January 2011 → 31 December 2016
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theory and methodology of philosophy
    • Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Other philosophy, ethics and religious studies not elsewhere classified
  • Natural sciences
    • History and foundations
Keywords
collission laws scientific revolution Huygens
 
Project description

This project proposes the first systematic study of the conceptual and experimental foundations of a key episode in the history of science: the establishment of a European consensus on the proper rules of collision by Huygens, Wallis, and Wren promoted by the Royal Society of London in 1668-1669. By mixing Galilean and Cartesian principles with older elements they created a field of inquiry that became a crucial stepping stone to even more ambitious projects of the later Huygens and Newton.