The Intellectual Roots of Engineering Science

  • David F. ChannellEmail author
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 35)


This chapter analyzes how the new conceptual, methodological, and ideological transformation of science the emerged during the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries provided an intellectual foundation for the development of engineering science during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The chapter focuses on the role of Galileo, René Descartes, Francis Bacon, Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton in creating a new conceptual framework for science by formulating a mechanical philosophy, a new methodology of science by formulating an experimental philosophy and establishing a new ideology of science that argued that scientific knowledge was practical, useful and a source of political power.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Arts and HumanitiesThe University of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA

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