# On the Past and Future of Natural Philosophy

@article{Noll2006OnTP, title={On the Past and Future of Natural Philosophy}, author={Walter Noll}, journal={Journal of Elasticity}, year={2006}, volume={84}, pages={1-11} }

“.... the term 'natural philosophy', which is a rendering of Aristotle’s 'physics', was appropriated in the 17th century to the new natural science of Galileo and Newton... Apparently this usage continued in England when it had become obsolete in other countries. And even now there are survivals of this usage.....and there are professors of 'natural philosophy' who are engaged in nuclear research. ”

## 10 Citations

### “Reality” and Representation in Mechanics: The Legacy of Walter Noll

- 2018

Geology

Journal of Elasticity

The foundations of the mechanics of generalized continua are revisited in the light of the theoretical progress made in the last decades. The paper includes a summary of the scientific activity of W.…

### Correction to: “Reality” and Representation in Mechanics: The Legacy of Walter Noll

- 2019

Geology

Journal of Elasticity

The foundations of the mechanics of generalized continua are revisited in the light of the theoretical progress made in the last decades. The paper includes a summary of the scientific activity of W.…

### Scientific Life and Works of Walter Noll

- 2019

History

Journal of Elasticity

Walter Noll (1925–2017) was an American mathematician of German birth who made lasting contributions to the foundations of continuum physics and the classical non-linear field theory. This essay is…

### A Rudimentary History of Dynamics

- 2009

Art

This article presents a condensed overview of the development of dynamics from Ancient Greece through to the late 18th century. Its purpose is to bring an often neglected topic to the control…

### On the Depletion Effect in Colloids: Correlated Brownian Motions

- 2008

Physics, Mathematics

Our object is to formulate and analyze a physically plausible and mathematically sound model to better understand the phenomenon of clumping in colloid dispersions. Our model is stochastic but…

### Correlated Brownian motions and the depletion effect in colloids

- 2009

Mathematics

We briefly review the derivation of a system of N correlated Brownian motions as a kinematic mesoscopic limit for a system of nonlinear deterministic oscillators consisting of N large (solute)…

### A mechanical model for heat conduction

- 2019

Physics, Engineering

Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

A theory of heat conduction in rigid heat conductors based entirely on mechanical concepts is proposed and compared with the traditional thermodynamic theories.

### A mechanical model for heat conduction

- 2019

Physics, Engineering

Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics

A theory of heat conduction in rigid heat conductors based entirely on mechanical concepts is proposed and compared with the traditional thermodynamic theories.

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