Article ID: CBB000850028

O vácuo de Pascal versus o ether de Noël: uma controvérsia experimental? (2006)


Saito, Fumikazu (Author)

Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Volume: 1
Pages: 50--57

Publication Date: 2006
Edition Details: Translated title: [The vacuum of Pascal versus the ether of Noël: an experimental controversy?]
Language: Portuguese

The difficult issue concerning the existence of vaccum in nature gained momentum from the 17th century onwards due to the diffusion of Torricelli's barometric test in France. Inspired on it, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) performed his owned experiences, published as Expériences nouvelles touchant le vide (1647). These new experiences elicited a hot debate between him and the Jesuit Étienne Noël (1581-1659). Immediately after publication, Noël sent two letters to Pascal and published a short writing, Le plein du vide, where he contested the conclusions stated by Pascal and defended the idea that nature is plena. This paper aims to show that these different attitudes, adopted by Noël and Pascal, relate to two divergent theoretical conceptions, implied in two different notions concerning experience.

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Authors & Contributors
Le Noxaïc, Armand
Altashina, Veronika
Nejeschleba, Tomáš
Ricciardo, Salvatore
Chalmers, Alan Francis
Zubov, Vasilii P.
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Perspectives on Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Physics in Perspective
Science History Publications
Cambridge University Press
Vacuum; emptiness; nothingness
Experiments and experimentation
Controversies and disputes
Pascal, Blaise
Descartes, René
Torricelli, Evangelista
Newton, Isaac
Koyré, Alexandre
Boyle, Robert
Time Periods
17th century
19th century
Royal Society of London

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