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The Ecology of Law by Ugo Mattei, Fritjof Capra

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CHAPTER 5From the Machine to the Network

Scientific Thought in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Despite the continued success of Newtonian mechanics throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, some people voiced a strong opposition to this mechanistic worldview. In addition, several developments in nineteenth-century science—the theory of evolution, the investigation of electric and magnetic phenomena, and thermodynamics—made the limitations of the Newtonian model apparent and prepared the way for the scientific revolutions of the twentieth century.

THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT

Even before the limits of Newtonian mechanics became apparent to scientists, the Romantics were already questioning this purely mechanistic approach. The Romantic ...

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