Saturday, May 29, 2021

Aristotle's Physics: a Physicist's Look

Carlo Rovelli, Aix Marseille Universit´e, Universit´e de Toulon, at arXiv, included in It From Bit or Bit From It? On Physics and Information (2015), edited by Anthony Aguirre, Brendan Foster, and Zeeya Merali.

"I show that Aristotelian physics is a correct and non-intuitive approximation of Newtonian physics in the suitable domain (motion in fluids), in the same technical sense in which Newton theory is an approximation of Einstein’s theory. Aristotelian physics lasted long not because it became dogma, but because it is a very good empirically grounded theory. The observation suggests some general considerations on inter-theoretical relations."
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See Aristotle, Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volumes 8-9, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volumes 7-8.

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