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Vortices, the deluge, and cohesion

Peter R. Anstey

in John Locke and Natural Philosophy

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589777
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725487 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589777.003.0006
Vortices, the deluge, and cohesion

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This chapter examines Locke's discussions of specific speculative hypotheses: Newton's arguments against the Cartesian vortex theory; Thomas Burnet's and William Whiston's theory of the deluge; and Jakob Bernoulli's ether theory of cohesion.

Keywords: area law; Burnet; cohesion; deluge; Descartes; hypothesis; vortex theory; Whiston; Spinoza

Chapter.  10372 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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