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Ideas of Robert Boyle, by Text

[Irish, 1627 - 1691, Wealthy independent scientist.]

1661 The Sceptical Chemist
p.569 p.60 I don't see how mere moving matter can lead to the bodies of men and animals, and especially their seeds
1666 The Origin of Forms and Qualities
p.18 The corpuscles just have shape, size and motion, which explains things without 'sympathies' or 'forces' [Alexander,P]
p.66 Boyle's term 'texture' is not something you feel, but is unobservable structures of particles [Alexander,P]
p.71 Boyle's secondary qualities are not illusory, or 'in the mind' [Alexander,P]
p.72 Boyle attacked a contemporary belief that powers were occult things [Alexander,P]
p.120 The corpuscular theory allows motion, but does not include forces between the particles [Alexander,P]
p.521 In the 17th century, 'disposition' usually just means the spatial arrangement of parts [Pasnau]
p.324 p.8 Form is not a separate substance, but just the manner, modification or 'stamp' of matter
p.41? p.56 Essential definitions show the differences that discriminate things, and make them what they are
p.46? p.59 Explanation is deducing a phenomenon from some nature better known to us
p.47? p.43 To cite a substantial form tells us what produced the effect, but not how it did it
1672 Certain Physical Essays
II:21 p.530 Explanation is generally to deduce it from something better known, which comes in degrees
II:22 p.530 The best explanations get down to primary basics, but others go less deep