1674 : Boyle’s Of the Excellency and Grounds of the Corpuscular or Mechanical Philosophy

Under the influence of such atomists as Descartes, Boyle urged natural philosophers of his time to turn away from occult explanations and towards a mechanical view of matter, which offered greater clarity and universality. By describing the world as a mathematical cipher to which man could aspire to experiment upon and decode, Boyle captured the scientific spirit in its nascence.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s