Honoré Fabri and the Concept of Impetus: A Bridge between Conceptual Frameworks(Elazar)

series:Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science

This book discusses the impetus-based physics of the Jesuit natural philosopher and mathematician Honoré Fabri (1608-1688), a senior representative of Jesuit scientists during the period between Galileo’s death (1642) and Newton’s Principia (1687). It shows how Fabri, while remaining loyal to a general Aristotelian outlook, managed to reinterpret the old concept of “impetus” in such a way as …