Danielle Macbeth


Department of Philosophy, Haverford College, USA

Revolution and Realism?

In the seventeenth century the practice of mathematics was fundamentally transformed; and this transformed mathematics led in turn to a transformed practice of physics. It was at the time very natural to think that although we had in the past gotten things wildly wrong—fire does not want to go up, the sun does not revolve around the earth, things are not really colored, or flavored, or sounding—now we had things right.