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Mathematics, motion, and truth: the Earth goes round the Sun

Gray, Jeremy (2009). Mathematics, motion, and truth: the Earth goes round the Sun. In: Canadian Mathematical Society and the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, 4-8 June 2009, St Johns, Newfoundland, Canada.

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Abstract

The reality of the Earth's motion, as proclaimed by Copernicus, quickly proved contentious. Accepted by Kepler, disputed by theologians (Lutheran and Catholic alike), veiled in suggestions of mere convenience, adopted and explained by Newton as a consequence of universal gravitation, parent of the notion of force - what is involved in accepting as true that the Earth goes round the Sun? This talk traces these debates from the early 1600s to the time of Poincaré.

Item Type: Conference Item
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
Item ID: 22731
Depositing User: Sara Griffin
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2010 09:46
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2012 09:55
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/22731
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