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The Scientific Revolution (MP3 download)

By David Harriman


The seventeenth century marked a turning point in the history of human thought. At the beginning of the century, the scientific knowledge that we take for granted today was virtually nonexistent. By the end of the century, physics had subsumed the science of astronomy and reached full maturity; the efficacy of the inductive method, based on experiment and mathematics, had been demonstrated; and universal laws of motion and gravitation had been proven. This achievement was largely the work of a few men. In this course, Mr. Harriman focuses primarily on Kepler and Newton. Their discovery processes are examined, and the epistemological criteria of proof for a scientific theory are discussed. The material is based on two chapters of Mr. Harriman's book in progress, "The Inductive Method in Physics."

This course was recorded at the 2007 Objectivist Summer Conference in Telluride, CO.

(MP3 download; 4 hrs., 38 min., with Q & A, 200.71 MB)