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									                     History of Science

    Part I Pythagoras - Newton

Early mythology

Babylonians, Egyptians and Hebrews (6000 BC)

     Earth in the center of an oyster, covered by dome
     Water underneath and overhead, closed in on all sides
     Moderate dimensions
     Sun, moon and stars progress across dome
     Universe guided by deity, explained by myth

Chaldean priests (3800 BC)

    Timetables of the motion of the stars and the planets
    Stars stationary, planets move across a lane in the sky (zodiac)
    Computed the length of the year
    Astronomy and astrology, formed calenders
    Predicted astronomical events
    Observation without explanation

    Chap I                Greek Heroic Age

1. Ionian philosophers (6th cent BC)

    Natural causes: not concerned with deities
    Thales of Miletos: abstract geometry
    What is the basic material of the Universe? Water
    Anaximander: universe infinite in time and space:
    Raw material a substance without definite properties
    Mechanical model of the universe:
    Anaximenes: stars attached to a transparent sphere that turns
    around the earth

2. Pythagoras of Samos (6th cent BC)

    Founder of science
    Mathematization of experience: numbers sacred and eternal
    Highest form of philosophy
    All things have form, all form defined by numbers

Pitch of a note depends on the length of string that produces it
Intervals in the scale produced by simple numeric ratios

Reality could be reduced to number series and number ratios

16 is a square number, 12 is oblong, 6 a triangle
Relations between number-shapes found
Addition of successive odd numbers gives square:
e.g. 1+3 =4, 4+5=9, 9+7=16, 16+9 =25
Addition of even numbers gives oblong numbers
e.g. 2+4 =6, 6+6=12, 12+8=20 etc
Similarily, cubic and pyramid numbers obtained.

Theorem: Areas of the two smaller squares of the sides of
right-angled triangle will equal the area of the larger square

Could all the secrets of the Universe be revealed by numbers?

Phythagoran astronomy: earth is a sphere (navigation, eclipses)
Around it, sun, moon and planets revolve in concentric circles
Each planet hums on a different pitch
Intervals between orbits governed by the laws of harmony
Inspired Kepler

3. Downfall of the Pythagoran Brotherhood

    Discovery of irrational numbers: the diagonal of a square
    Breakdown in point-to-point correspondence between
    arithmetic and geometry
    Tried to keep secret
    Dissolution of brotherhood
    (also due to egalitarian practices, socialist nature)
    Pythagoras: founder of European culture, source of Platonism

4. Legacy of Pythagoras

    Spherical earth
    (ships on horizon, lunar eclipses, shape of moon and sun)
    Earth must attract everything to its center

    Aristarchus of Samos: (310 BC)
    "On the sizes and distances of the sun and moon"
    Calculated relative distance of sun and moon

    Measured circumference of earth from summer solstice
    Deduced relative size of moon (from lunar eclipse)
    Deduced distance of moon from earth (from geometry)

    Sun-earth/moon-earth distance (from half-moon)
    Deduced sun-earth distance
    Deduced relative size of sun (from solar eclipse)
                      rS/ dS = rM /dM

Philolaus and Aristarchus:

Earth sphere has motion: rotates about its own axis
Daily revolution of the sky caused by earth's own motion
Separated day and night, annual motion of the planets

Earth orbits sun
First suggestion of heliocentric system

Quoted by Archimedes: yet heliocentric system was discarded

1. Objects fell towards earth
2. No wind blowing against us
3. No obvious motion of stars
  (stars too far away to observe stellar parallax)

  →        Heliocentric model rejected
           Geocentic model retained

Snag: motion of planets

      Chap II                 Plato and Aristotle

Heroic age followed by decline
(Should have been Aristarchus - Copernicus, Archimedes-Galileo)

Plato: dismissed the visible world, dismissed natural science
Philosophy: shape of the world must be a perfect sphere
All motion perfect circles at uniform speed

Science dominated by Aristotle (logician)
Aristotle: God spins the world from outside it, not from center
Earth and moon space subject to change: nowhere else
All celestial bodies orbit earth in perfect circles

2. Academic dogma

Planetary motion must be shown to be result of circular motions
Aristotle: used 54 spheres to account for motion of the planets

Ptolemy (AD 150) : ultimate earth-centered model
Complicated epicycle system for circular motion of celestial objects
(Ferris Wheel universe)
Enshrined in ‘He Magele Syntaxis’ ( later ‘The Almagest’)
Kept alive by Islamic scholars during the middle ages
Re-introduced to Europe in 1175 - 1600

New dogma dismissed reality: 3 fundamental conceits

1. dualism of celestial and terrestrial motion
2. immobililty of earth in the center
3. all heavenly motion perfectly circular

           Chap III              Middle Ages

Platonism adopted by Christianity (St Augustine etc)
Ignored early Greeks, adopted only Plato's philosophy: neoplatonism
11cent AD: same view as 5th cent BC

Medieval philosophers: Aristotle's 55 spheres, Ptolemy's 40 epicyles
replaced by10 revolving spheres: disregarded stellar observation
1000 AD: Portolano charts for navigation

12-16th century: Aristotlean philosophy adopted
Muslims: carried fragments of Euclid , Archimedes and Aristotle to Europe
Improved Calendric astronomy and planetary tables
Important Indian numerals (including zero) and algebra
Christianity and Aristotelianism (Thomas Aquinas)

Roger Bacon and Albert the Great: study of nature
Revival of learning: Universities of Bologna, Paris, Oxford and Cambridge

Medieval science divorced mathematics from science
Principle: "things only move when they are pushed" handicapped science
Aquinas: first proof of God's existence (based on Aristotelian physics)
Unmoved mover = God

                 Summary (Chap II-III)

By 1500 AD, Europe knew less than Archimedes in 200 BC

1. Splitting of Universe into 2 spheres
2. Geocentric dogma
3.Uniform motion in perfect circles dogma
4.Divorce of mathematics from science
5. Inability to realise tendency of a body in motion to stay in motion

           These 5 handicaps were to be overcome by
                 Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo

     Chap IV               Renaissance Science

Moderns: Roger Bacon, William of Ockham rejected Aristotle

William of Occam school: Ockham’s razor philosophy
     “all other things equal, simpler explanation more likely’’

Nicole d’Oresme: geocentric universe not proven
Nicholas of Cusa: earth not hub of universe

1. Canon Nicolas Copernicus (1473-1543)

"On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres"
Studied at the Universities of Bologna, Padua and Krakow
Simple instruments for observing the sky
Relied on the observations of the Chaldeans and the Greeks
Improved astronomical tables

Published Commentariolus (1514)

Copernicus - Commentariolus (1514) : 7 axioms

1. Heavenly bodies do not share a common center
2. Earth is not the centre of the universe
3. Centre of the universe is near the sun
4. Earth’s distance to sun negligible compared to distance to stars
5. Daily motion of stars is due to rotation of the earth
6. Earth, planets revolve around sun
7. Observed motion of the planets is due to moving platform (earth)

Summ: earth cannot be stationary, Ptotelmy system inconsistent
Instead: heliocentric system (influenced by Pythagoras, Aristarchus)

Book of the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (1543)
Published with aid of Georg von Lauchen (Rheticus)

Problems: undermined by preface
Ahead of its time (earth just a planet like others)
Less accurate predictions of planetary motion
Copernican system quite complicated (48 epicycles)
Universe de-centralized: no natural center of directions

2. Tycho de Brahe (1546-1601)

Danish nobleman
Lifetime of astronomical observations
Observational astronomy to new level (own observatory)
Expensive instruments: precise and continuous data

Sympathetic to Copernican ideas
‘Mixed’ model of universe (1588): planets orbit sun, sun orbits earth

Migrated to Prague (imperial mathematician)
Employed Kepler to study Mars: noted interpreter of data
Gave data sparingly to Kepler
Died from drink (1600)

     Kepler free to interpret all of Tycho planetary data

3. Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

Low born: founder of modern astronomy
University of Tubingen
Teacher of mathematics and astronomy in Graz, Austria

1. Defended Copernicus while still a young priest
Mysterium Cosmographicum (1596):
1st public commitment by professional astronomer to Copernican system

1600: Kepler goes to work with Tycho de Brahe
Given Mars project, but limited data
Tycho dies after a few months

Kepler becomes Imperial Mathematicus (1601-1612)
Solved Mars problem in sun-centered model (8 years, not 8 days)


                "Astronomia Nova " (Kepler, 1609)

First accurate sun-centered model of universe

Kepler’s planetary laws

          1. Planets move in elliptical orbits (not circles)
          2. Planets continuously vary their speed (not uniform)
          3. Sun is at focus of ellipse (not center of circle)

     Discovered orbit equation empirically (from data)
     Natural laws: precise, verifiable statements based on physical data
     Simple, elegant model
     Material bodies acted upon by forces
     Accurate predictions (tides, gravity explained)

     Ignored by Germans and Italians (incl. Galileo)
     Accepted by British: (Thomas Harriot, Jeremiah Horrocks, Newton)

     Kepler’s other work: founded instrumental optics

     Optics (1604): study of refraction by lenses
     Light intensity α 1/r2
     Principle of sight, spectacles
     Camera obscura

     Chap V Galileo and Newton

1. Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Student: noticed period of pendulum constant
(depends only on length, not angle or weight)
Invented pendulum timing device

Appointed lecturer in mathematics at the University of Pisa (1589)
Chair of Mathematics at the University of Padua (1592)

Studied mechanics in detail, laid foundations of dynamics
Laws of motion of falling bodies

Galileo’s Astronomy
Improved Dutch model of telescope (mag x 60)
Discovered Lunar surface not smooth (contradicts Ptolemy)
Discovered moons of Jupiter : (earth not center of all things)
Discovered phases of Venus (as predicted by Copernicus)
Discovered innumerable stars in Milky Way
(unlikely created for man's pleasure)
Discovered sunspots: sun subject to decay etc

Corresponded with Kepler
Private belief in Copernican system

Measurements confirmed by Jesuits
University Aristotelians opposed Galileo

Letter to Grand Duchess Christina
Defended Copernican system, suggested scriptures not literal
Church Charges brought against Galileo in 1615, dropped
Church demanded proof of Copernican system
Galileo refused (couldn't prove): ignored Kepler's findings
Holy decree (1616): Copernicus's teachings outlawed, Galileo censored

1623: New pope in favour of Galileo
1632: Galileo publishes "Dialogue on the Great World Systems"
Propounds Copernican system
Pope displeased, felt deceived (many changes over the years)

1633: Church Comission finds Galileo defied decree
Interrogated by Inquisition
House arrest
Dialogue prohibited: smuggled out to Europe

After trial
Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences (1636)
Magnum Opus - dynamics

Postscript: his crusade damaged heliocentric system
              precipitated the divorce of science from faith

                       Galileo: extra notes


Careful observation of falling bodies

Objects do not fall at rate proportional to their weight

s = vt

v = gt

s = ½ gt2

  Inertia principle
Body will move forever if not acted upon

  Projectile motion
Resultant of horizontal component (constant) and
vertical component (gravity-dependant)

Telescopic observation

Moons of Jupiter
Phases of venus

Promoted Copernicus

Defended Copernican system
      Dialogue of the Two World Ssytems

  Tried by the Inquisition (1633)

Discourse on Two New Sciences (1637): kinematics
No treatment of causes of motion

2. Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)

Synthesised all that went before

1. Kepler's laws (planetary motion)
2. Galileo's laws (motion of bodies on earth)

Two problems:
What were the nature of the forces which drive the planets around?
What would a body do if left alone?

1st step
“identified Keplerian orbit of moon with Galilean
orbit of projectile”
Interaction of gravity with centrifugal force: cause of elliptical orbits

Law of Gravity (1666)
    Force of attraction proportional to the masses,
    inversly proportional to square of separation

Dropped for 20 years
Developed mechanics and calculus

Halley-Hooke-Wren worked on gravity

Newton goaded back to problem

1686: Newton computes force of earth's attraction for the moon
Explained observed motion: repeated for sun
Showed orbit produced by inverse-square law was Kepler ellipse
Showed Kepler's laws arise as consequence

Extended theory to include all motion

                Newton’s Principia (1687):

                4 basic laws for all motion
                Law of inertia
                Law of acceleration
                Law of action and reaction
                Law of gravity

Note:      synthesis of celestial and terrestrial dynamics

                 Newton: extra notes

             Mathematics at Cambridge (TC) 1661
Studies interrupted by plague
Invented calculus
Elected fellow

Reflecting telescope
Light made up of components (1666)
Lucasian professor of mathematics (1668)

Halley : FG α 1/r2

Newton (1684): theoretical basis for Kepler’s laws
1687: Principia published

Law 1 Every body continues in its state of rest, or uniform motion
in a straight line, unless compelleed to change by forces acting on

Law 2: The change in motion is proportional to the force
impressed, and in the direction of the force

Law 3: To every action there is always an equal and opposite
reaction: the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are
akways equal, and directed to contrary parts

First 3 Laws put the planets in elliptical orbits controlled by
inverse square law forces: centripetal forces

Law 4: Moon held in its orbit by force of gravity (like apple)
Compares gravitational pull needed to keep moon in orbit with
pendulum data

             Law 5: Extends to other planets

Laws 6 and 7: Universal Law of Gravitation

                            FG = Gm1m2/r2

      Optics (1704)

      Experimental foundations of optics
      Relection, refraction
      Interference (Newton’s rings)

      Light rays trajectories of small particles
      Optical forces different in different media

      Optical and grav phenomena transported by the ether
      Suggests Atomism

      By 1830, wave theory of Young supreme


3. Albert Einstein (1867-1955)

Special Relativity (1905):
Breakdown of Newtonian mechanics
for bodies at high velocity

          All motion is relative
          Speed of light = fundamental const, limit
          Distance, time and mass depend on velocity
          Space+time = spacetime

General relativity (1915):
Breakdown of Newtonian mechanics
for bodies in high gravitational fields

          Gravity = distortion of space-time

Mass distorts spacetime, causes other mass to move along curve

4. Schrodinger, Heisenberg and Dirac

Quantum Theory (1925-)
Breakdown of Newtonian mechanics at the atomic scale

Wave-particle duality of radiation (Planck, Einstein, Bohr)
Wave-particle duality of matter (de Broglie)

Schrodinger: wave equation, wave mechanics
Born: probability amplitude
Heisenberg: matrix mechanics, uncertainty principle
Dirac: quantum field theory (relativistic)

New ideas:     Indeterminancy


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