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Mechanics
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1. Introduction

Mechanics underwent profound changes in the early modern period. At the end of the 16th century it was still understood as a science of so-called simple machines, such as the lever, the pulley, the screw, the inclined plane, and the wedge (see below, 3.3). Its aim was to study how weights could be moved using these machines. During the 17th century, the scope and purpose of mechanics changed dramatically…

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Guicciardini, Niccolò and Popplow, Marcus, “Mechanics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023816>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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