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  1. Edward Grant A History of Natural Philosophy From the Ancient World to the Nineteenth Century Cambridge (2007) ... Download Free PDF Download PDF Download Free PDF ...

  2. Natural philosophy became the “Great Mother of the Sciences,” which by the nineteenth century had nourished the manifold chemical, physi- cal, and biological sciences to maturity, thus enabling them to leave the “Great Mother” and emerge as the multiplicity of independent sciences we know today.

  3. A History of Natural Philosophy: From the Ancient World to the Nineteenth Century E. Grant Published 2007 Philosophy 1. Ancient Egypt to Plato 2. Aristotle (384-322 BC) 3. Late antiquity 4. Islam and the eastward shift of Aristotelian natural philosophy 5. Natural philosophy before the Latin translations 6.

  4. Natural philosophy encompassed all natural phenomena of the physical world. It sought to discover the physical causes of all natural effects and was little concerned with mathematics. By contrast, the exact mathematical sciences were narrowly confined to various computations that did not involve physical causes, functioning totally ...

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  5. to instruction in natural philosophy, notably for the B.A. This trend, combined with the spread of printing, fueled a great increase in the number and kinds of books of natural philosophy, particularly of the pedagogical variety.14 For the professors there were numerous editions, translations, commentaries and specialized treatises,

  6. As defined by the first edition of the Encyclopædia britannica(1771), natural historyis “that science which not only gives compleat descriptions of natural productions in general, but also teaches the method of arranging them into classes, orders, and species. This definition includes botany, zoology, mineralogy, &c.”

  7. One of the greatest feats of natural philosophy in all of history was Einstein's general theory of relativity of 1915. It could not have been formulated without the theory of abstract manifolds, started by Riemann in 1854. In 1905, Einstein knew nothing about that, but he realized that he had to learn it.

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