Michael Veldman

Current Research Interests

My present research has its home in the history and philosophy of science, in which I am focused on the evolution of mechanics and natural philosophy in the 18th century. My dissertation considers Leonhard Euler's contributions, building on Newton and Leibniz, to our evolving understanding of forces and material body, as well as his and Maupertuis' attempt to found mechanics on a new principle, the so-called principle of least action. (Email me for a draft!) I seek to understand the interplay - sometimes harmonious, but so often marked by conflict - between physical, metaphysical, and mathematical reasoning in these histories. Besides HPS, I have interests in the philosophies of perception and of mathematics.

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