The Intelligibility of Nature: How Science Makes Sense of the World

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Illustrations
0.1.An optical puzzle7
1.1.Descartes's mechanical ideas18
1.2.A magnet according to Descartes23
1.3.Creation of sparks, from Hooke's Micrographia32
2.1.Geoffroy's table of rapports41
2.2.From Linnaeus's Systema vegetabilium49
2.3.From Cuvier's Tableau élémentaire de l'histoire des animaux65
3.1.Lavoisier's experiment to analyze water78
3.2.Dal ton's atoms88
4.1.Darwin's Galápagos finches95
4.2.Diagram of descent, from Darwin's Origin of Species101
4.3.Man and apes, from Huxley's Man's Place in Nature107
5.1.Magnetism according to Faraday117
5.2.Diffraction of light according to Fresnel121
5.3.An experiment to show magneto-optic rotation124
5.4.Maxwell's electromagnetic aether133
5.5.From W. H. Russell's The Atlantic Telegraph139
6.1.Bohr's atomic model for hydrogen146
6.2.Interference fringes149
6.3.The first three harmonics of a musical string151
6.4.Heisenberg's flawed thought-experiment154
6.5.Natural philosophers at work159
6.6.Quantum chemistry167
7.1.The earth according to Hutton183
7.2.An isosceles triangle185
7.3.The four-color map theorem189

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