From Euclid to Eddington, a Study of Conceptions of the External World

From Euclid to Eddington, a Study of Conceptions of the External World

From Euclid to Eddington, a Study of Conceptions of the External World

From Euclid to Eddington, a Study of Conceptions of the External World

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This book represents the substance of the Tarner Lectures of1947, in which I attempted to trace the development of theoriesin natural philosophy from the rediscovery of Euclid by Westernscholars to the present time. The lectures were not intended tobe a summary of present-day knowledge in physics, nor yet achronicle of particular discoveries, but rather a history of theevolution of concepts and principles, especially such as haveprovoked long controversies, in some cases still unsettled. I havetried to disengage the essential ideas from the intricacy of themathematical presentation.

My grateful thanks are due to the Master and Fellows ofTrinity College, Cambridge, the trustees of the Tarner bequest,for the honour conferred by their appointment of me as TarnerLecturer: and to Professors E. T. Copson and G. D. Preston, ofthe University of St. Andrews, for help in reading proofs.

E. T. W.

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