clockwork universe


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Noun1.clockwork universe - the view that the universe resembles a clock built by God and ticking along according to Newtonian mechanics
Weltanschauung, world view - a comprehensive view of the world and human life
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With his definition, Hume not only affirmed the clockwork universe, but he also defined deity without saying so.
In the mechanistic science of the seventeenth century, clockwork was some of the most complex technology, and Newton described a deterministic clockwork universe, with time as an infinitely precise parameter that gauged all cosmic change.
The need to reconcile the idea of the clockwork universe while leaving God with room to act led him to believe that some divine purposes can be known and that science was the right way to achieve that knowledge.
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World.
THE CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: ISAAC NEWTON, THE ROYAL SOCIETY & THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN WORLD comes from an acclaimed science writer who takes readers to seventeenth century Europe and the age when scientific discoveries changed how mankind viewed the world.
The simple "clockwork universe" of Newton, Galileo, and Laplace has been replaced by a universe so complex and so wonderful that it almost defies comprehension.
So, while physics was rapidly moving away from simplistic ideas of causal determinism and a clockwork universe, the most intellectually powerful communities of social scientists--those with great sway over both public policy and popular perceptions of how societies work--were moving in the opposite direction by becoming increasingly wedded to a mechanistic view of social behaviour.
Of greatest concern to Einstein, and to many yet today, is the quantum insistence that the future is not precisely determined by the past, as it allegedly was in the clockwork universe quantified by Newton.
* Modern society saw a clockwork universe, a lawful, orderly world whose workings could be understood by reason, not clerical revelation.
The first of two volumes considers the muses as goddesses of natural history and poetic inspiration, the music of the spheres versus the clockwork universe, the humanoid macrocosm, and other topics.
In Sokol's analysis Shakespeare writes with in, and with full working knowledge of, the same hydraulically driven clockwork universe that gives rise to Kepler's laws of planetary motion, Cornelis Drebbel's artificial egg hatcheries, and Thomas Harriot's 'computations of potential population growth over time' (p.