The Lodestone and the Understanding of Matter in Seventeenth Century England

  title={The Lodestone and the Understanding of Matter in Seventeenth Century England},
  author={Gordon Keith Chalmers},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={75 - 95}
  • G. Chalmers
  • Published 1 January 1937
  • History
  • Philosophy of Science
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