This volume deals with a variety of moments in the history of mechanics when conflicts arose within one textual tradition, between different traditions, or between textual traditions and the wider world of practice. Its purpose is to show how the accommodations sometimes made in the course of these conflicts ultimately contributed to the emergence of modern mechanics.
The emergence of the modern science of mechanics in the Renaissance
The conflicts between Aristotelian natural philosophy and mechanics
Science before the Scientific Revolution
The appropriation and transformation of ancient learning in the Renaissance