The works of Simon Stevin are finest for the heritage of technology, simply because they've got this kind of huge scope and replicate so truly the advance of clinical wisdom round 1600 in valuable Europe. the new publi cation of his valuable Works, with an English translation, has back attracted cognizance to his interesting character. The publication on Stevin via Professor E. J. Dijksterhuis, initially released within the Dutch language, is a superb advent to the existence and works of this awesome Netherlander. Dijksterhuis ready a just a little condensed English version, tailored to the overseas reader. due to his premature demise, book needed to be deferred till the undersigned have been in a position to adopt the editorial paintings. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam, allowed a furnish, in which a linguistic revision of the textual content used to be made attainable. we're very thankful to overlook C. Dikshoorn for the care with which she performed this job and ready the textual content for the click. a number of supplementary notes were additional, for which we're individually liable and which were marked with our initials (R.H. or M.M.). Messrs Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, who released the unique Dutch variation, have kindly agreed to convey out additionally the English model and feature given all their consciousness to this ebook. R. HOOYKAAS M. G. J. MINNAERT creation glossy technology was once born within the interval starting with Copernicus's paintings De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (l543) and finishing with Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687).
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