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This article in an attempt to identify the precise way in which Robert Boyle provided a mechanical account of the features that distinguish liquids and air from solids and from each other. In his pneumatics, Boyle articulated his notion of the ‘spring’ of the air for that purpose. Pressure...
James Clerk Maxwell’s 1865 paper, “A Dynamical Theory of the Electromagnetic Field,” is usually remembered as replacing the mechanical model that underpins his 1862 publication with abstract mathematics. Up to this point historians have considered Maxwell’s usage of Lagrangian dynamics as the...
The trigonometric table and its construction principles were introduced to China as part of calendar reform, spear-headed by Xu Guangqi (1562–1633) in the late 1620s to early 1630s. Chinese scholars attempted and succeeded in uncovering how the construction principles were established in the...
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