Bodies and Media: On the Motion of Inanimate Objects in by Ido Yavetz

By Ido Yavetz

This ebook offers a recasting of Aristotle’s concept of spatial displacement of inanimate objects. Aristotle’s declare that projectiles are actively carried by way of the media by which they stream (such as air or water) is celebrated and has drawn the eye of commentators from historic to trendy instances. what's missing, even though, is a scientific research of the implications of his recommendation that the medium always acts because the direct device of locomotion, be it average or pressured, whereas unique movers (e.g. stone throwers, catapults, bowstrings) act in a roundabout way through impressing relocating strength into the medium. Filling this hole and guided through discussions in Aristotle’s Physics and at the Heavens, the current quantity exhibits that Aristotle’s lively medium permits his concept - during which strength is proportional to hurry - to account for a wide type of phenomena that Newtonian dynamics - within which strength is proportional to acceleration - debts for in the course of the idea of inertia. through utilising Aristotle’s medium dynamics to projectile flight and to collisions that contain reversal of movement, the ebook presents designated examples of the efficacy and coherence that the lively medium supplies to Aristotle’s discussions. The publication is directed basically to historians of historical, medieval, and early smooth technology, to philosophers of technological know-how and to scholars of Aristotle’s average philosophy.

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