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Dugas’ History of Mechanics (French ed 1958) starts with Aristotle followed by Archimedes. Then Hellenistic and Arabic science, followed by Middle Age and Renaissance. Thus it is old but quite comprehensive.


Because otherwise historians had to admit that Christianity, by destroying the ancient civilization, caused a regress. Even if after the fall of the Roman Empire the population experienced some relief, ultimately the whole Western world stagnated and sunk culturally. Quantitative data is available through Ian Morris project (Why the West Rules - For now, ...


Newton is 'venerated' for his synthesis of the laws of motion, the theory of gravity and the calculus. Virtually everything he did had some antecedent in work earlier than his, but he put it all together. Buridans name 'has faded into obscurity' not because of the lack of the importance of his work, but simply because the history of science is not taken as ...


I agree with Patrice Ayme on the topic of Buridan and will add that one major role of those employed in a teaching role at a university should be to provide comments and ideas that are helpful to the progress of thought. In this he was clearly successful in spite of religious leaders who had immense power to destroy those who opposed them. The fact that ...

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