DAHLEM POSTDOC Fellowship 2017: Mathematical Dialectics. The Art of Demonstration by Simon Stevin
Simon Stevin was one of the most famous scientists of the early modern period. He made fundamental contributions to the science of mechanics and hydrostatics. Marius Bunings project examines Stevin’s method to study “the secrets of nature” by putting the focus on his often neglected treatise on logic entitled “Dialectics or the Art of Demonstration.” Stevin’s work on logic has never been translated, nor has it been studied in depth. The project will situate the Dialectike in its context, posing the question how Stevin managed to integrate scholastic dialectical method with a “modern” outlook on empirical science.