As you know, one of Galileo’s important writings was his The Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. Dialogue is central to what we do here on this CN thread. Dialogue helps us discover and display scientific truth. Dialogue provides us the opportunity to use scientific knowledge and technological application in ways which are beneficial to human beings, to all living things on Earth, and to the health of our planet.
In this dialogical vein, I invite you to a dialogue regarding the contents of The Elements of Philosophy… by William A. Wallace, O.P. I am conducting a paragraph by paragraph review and discussion of this book. It can be found at https://opiechowski.wordpress.com .
Why might The Elements of Philosophy… be relevant to our Science! Astronomy & Space Exploration, and Others thread here at Cloudy Nights and why might one want to read the contents of this review and choose to engage in a discussion of the same? Well, the answer has to do with the author.
The author, Father William A. Wallace, O.P. in addition to his eight earned degrees and four honorary doctorates in engineering, physics, philosophy, and theology; Wallace had research appointments at Consolidated Edison, Harvard University in the area of the history of science, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. His work at this Laboratory coincided with his appointment to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations during WW2; work for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit.
In addition to his 370 periodical articles, his twenty published books include The Scientific Methodology of Theoderic of Freiburg, Causality and Scientific Explanation, Galileo’s Early Notebooks, Prelude to Galileo: Essays on Medieval and Sixteenth-Century Sources of Galileo's Thought, Galileo and His Sources, Galileo’s Logic of Discovery and Proof, Galileo’s Logical Treatises, and The Modeling of Nature.
I am drawn to the work of Father Wallace because his combination of expertise in science and philosophy, with a special focus on Galileo, appealed to me as an amateur stargazer/scopist who subsequently entered into philosophical studies. Further, I was a student in two of his graduate level philosophy of science courses. On a personal level, Wallace was an operations officer in the Pacific Ocean Area at the same time my father was a Chief Petty Officer/Boatswain Mate on an LCI in the Philippines campaign. Finally, I share a Kentucky tie with Wallace who entered the Dominican order in Springfield, Kentucky which is an hour drive form my home.
The Elements of Philosophy includes the chapters "Philosophy of Mathematics", "Philosophy of the Natural Sciences", and "Philosophy of the Behavioral Sciences". Specific persons and topics of scientific interest covered in this book are Grosseteste, Ockham, Ockhamism, Mechanical Philosophy and Empiricism, Bacon, Galileo, Newton, Descartes, Wolff, Whitehead, logical positvism, Leibniz, applied mathematics, symbolic logic, physical sciences, quantum theory, laws of thermodynamics, relativity, matter, universe and cosmology, biology, evolution, technology, et alia.
Please consider reading the sequential quotes from his The Elements of Philosophy with appended commentary at https://opiechowski.wordpress.com and posting your own comments. At the bottom of each subsequent article there is a link which says “Leave a comment."
Edited by Otto Piechowski, 24 August 2019 - 11:55 AM.