Month: July 2014

The Philosophical Foundations of Physics

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One sometimes hears popular science programmes claiming that the scientific revolution began when Galileo had the bright idea of finding out about the world by doing experiments. However, whilst Galileo was not the first person in history to perform an experiment, he was the first person in history to claim that the language of natural philosophy should be exclusively mathematical, a view he expressed in this well-known passage from The Assayer: “Philosophy [i.e. physics] is […]