From: Ian Wright (wrighti@ACM.ORG)
Date: Wed Nov 09 2005 - 13:31:44 EST
Rakesh > I am not altogether clear about how Newtonian theory should > be understood as causal. Neither am I, but I do think the giant leap forward was the measurement of empirical variables in controlled situations and the use of the calculus to model the underlying mechanisms of change. A differential equation is a highly compressed statement about lawful relations between surface phenomena. It is a causal statement par excellence. Both Hegel and Marx studied the calculus. Best wishes, -Ian.
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