Kepler: Analogies in the search for the law of refraction

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Abstract

This paper examines the methodology used by Kepler to discover a quantitative law of refraction. The aim is to argue that this methodology follows a heuristic method based on the following two Pythagorean principles: (1) sameness is made known by sameness, and (2) harmony arises from establishing a limit to what is unlimited. We will analyse some of the author's proposed analogies to find the aforementioned law and argue that the investigation's heuristic pursues such principles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-35
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Volume59
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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