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Drake, S., & Drabkin, I. E. (1969). Mechanics in sixteenth-century Italy: Selections from Tartaglia. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

has been cited by the following article:

  • TITLE: The Origin of Quantification

    AUTHORS: Edward MacKinnon

    KEYWORDS: Quantification; Early History of Physics

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Philosophy, Vol.3 No.4A, November 26, 2013

    ABSTRACT: Neither the Greek nor the Alexandrian nor the early Arabic philosopher/scientists ever developed a mathematical representation of qualities, a prerequisite for a mathematical physics. By the early seventeenth century the quantification of qualities was a common practice. This article traces the way this practice developed. It originated with a medievally theological problem and was developed by philosophical logicians who did not have mathematical physics as a goal. The verbal algebra they developed was given a mathematical formulation in the late fifteenth century. This was subsequently assimilated into a neo-Platonic revival that stressed mathematical forms. The quantification of qualities developed in physics supplied the paradigm for quantification in other fields.