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Metascience

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 309–312 | Cite as

Early modern conceptions and treatments of space and spatiality

Koen Vermeir and Jonathan Regier (eds.): Boundaries, extents and circulations: Space and spatiality in early modern natural philosophy. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016, €114.99 HB
  • Angela Axworthy
Book Review

Space is a key concept of early modern scientific thought and culture as it constituted the object of many reassessments in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, particularly in cosmology, cosmography, geometry, perspective and architecture. Some of these developments were crucial to the constitution of modern science, lifting certain epistemological and methodological barriers to the study and treatment of geometrical, physical and celestial bodies. This collective volume, which stems from the international conference Spaces, Knots and Bonds: At the crossroads between early modern “magic” and “science”, held in Paris in June 2012 and organized by the editors, Koen Vermeir and Jonathan Regier, aims to shed light on this multiform transformation of the interpretations and uses of space and spatiality in natural philosophy and related fields at the end of the Renaissance. In doing so, it intends to display the diversity of perspectives on space and the variety of spaces themselves in...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte, Fakultät I - Geistes- und BildungswissenschaftenTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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