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The Apprenticeship with Beeckman 1618–1619

Stephen Gaukroger

in Descartes: An Intellectual Biography

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198237242
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198237243.003.0004
The Apprenticeship with Beeckman 1618–1619

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Details Descartes's relationship with Beeckman, and their collaboration on three projects in mathematics, dealing with music, falling bodies, and hydrostatics. Presents Beeckman's version of corpuscularianism, its differences from traditional atomism, and its relevance to their collaboration. Letters to Beeckman give details of Descartes's mathematical discoveries on the subject of longitude, compasses, and his attempt to revive a traditional mathematical art, mathesis universalis.

Keywords: atomism; Beeckman; corpuscularianism; falling bodies; hydrostatics; mathematics; mathesis universalis; music

Chapter.  15147 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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