Everything Coming Out of Nothing vs. A Finite, Open and Contingent Universe

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Stephen Hawking, present occupant of the Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University, is today one of the best known theoretical cosmologists in the world. His important contributions, in collaboration ...
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Science: Western or What?

Pp. 52-58 (7)

Julio A. Gonzalo

Abstract

Modern science is characterized by an impressive capability to describe in quantitative terms an enormous variety of natural facts. If the world had not been made rationally, scientific knowledge would be impossible. P. Duhem in his “Le systeme du monde…” Vol.II, summarizes the role of the Medieval Catholic Church in destroying the pagan doctrine of the “Great Year” which implies an eternal universe. Unlike in the pagan Greek cosmos, all bodies, heavenly and terrestrial, were now on the same footing. This made eventually possible to think that the slow fall of the Moon in his orbit and the fall of an apple on earth could be governed by the same gravitational law.

Keywords:

Modern science, quantitative description, natural facts, rational, scientific knowledge, Pierre Duhem, doctrine of the “Great Year”, heavenly and terrestrial bodies on the same footing, gravitation.

Affiliation:

Escuela Politécnica Superior, Universidad San Pablo CEU, Madrid