Crossroads: History of Science, History of Art: Essays by David Speiser, Volume 2

Crossroads: History of Science, History of Art: Essays by David Speiser, Volume 2

David Speiser

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 2:00348953

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This collection of essays on relationships between science, history of science, history of art and philosophy is a multi-faceted sequel to the first volume, Discovering the Principles of Mechanics 1600-1800, published in 2008. During his career, David Speiser was first and foremost a theoretical physicist with first-hand knowledge of how fundamental research is carried out, but he was also a historian of science and editor of historical writings as well as a keen observer of works of art and architecture. In these essays he compares and contrasts artistic creations with scientific discoveries, the work of the artist and that of the scientist, and process of analysis of the art historian to that of the historian of science. What is revealed is how the limits of individual disciplines can be pushed and sometimes completely overcome as the result of input from and interactions with other fields, and how progress may even be impossible without such interactions. The reflections elucidated here refute the idea, so engrained in our thinking today, of the ‘two cultures’, and underline the unity rather than the diversity inherent in creative thought both scientific and artistic. Contained here are ten papers, all newly edited with updated references, four of which have been translated into English for the first time, and completed with an index of names. Intended for the specialist and non-specialist alike, these essays set before us a feast of ideas.

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in science, especially in the applied sciences: one has only to think of the architects and the builders of bridges, fortresses and ships, etc. These activities proceed side by side with interaction with developments in other, related fields, arithmetic, geometry, mechanics, chemistry, architecture, engineering, etc.; some of these interact with each other quite intensely. Sometimes research, especially in an applied activity, is initiated by the scientist but more often it is commissioned. In

with other concepts, and compute with it. But in mechanics we use many other vectors: velocity, momentum, etc. Therefore we must indicate what distinguishes the force from all others. Obviously geometry and algebra cannot teach us this. Here we must look with the eyes of the other face of Janus, the ones that look to what we observe with our senses directly or through an instrument, and this is usually the experimentalist’s starting point. What is needed here? Simply that we fix an unequivocal

semester only, that is, approximately thirty lectures! So Weyl can have talked about only a small part of what he wrote. Which part it was, and how he made the selection, I do not know. How big was the audience? Dr. Schindler found out that the total number of students for all four years in the department of mathematics and physics was twentynine! As the academic year at the ETH starts in the fall, only students in the last two years were able to follow him. 21 Weyl, Gesammelte Abhandlungen,

definitive solution would only be given by Lagrange more than thirty years later. Especially impressive is Truesdell’s “modern evaluation,” which fills the last ten pages of the book. He divides the task into three parts: the evaluation of Analysis, 7 See Diarmuid Ó. Mathúna, “Jacob II Bernoulli and the Problem of the Vibrating Plate,” pp. 165–177 in Entre mécanique et architecture / Between Mechanics and Architecture, Edoardo Benvenuto and Patricia Radelet-de Grave, eds. (Basel: Birkhäuser,

a guide for problems of history and archaeology and to whom I express my thanks. 1 Originally published as “Mathematica araba e pisana nella Piazza die Miracoli,” pp. 85–99 in Fibonacci tra arte e scienza, Luigi A. Radicati di Brozolo, ed. (Milan: Silvana Editoriale). 2 David Speiser, “Symmetries of the Battistero and the Torre Pendente in Pisa,” Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Classe di Lettere e Filosofia Serie III Vol. XXIV, 2–3, 1994: 511–564, with 7 plates. 3 Christine H.

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