This chapter summarizes the discussions in Part I of the book and provides an overview of Parts II and III. Part I dealt with imaginative mythicoreligious accounts of creation, Plato’s Timaeus, and Aristotle’s Physics. Part II illustrates the transformation of a mostly secular and naturalistic worldview—in which the vernacularity of place, its habitability, and idiosyncrasy, is predictably prominent—into a theological Weltanschauung in which the infinity of space becomes a primary preoccupation. Part III deals with how natural scientists and philosophers began to mathematize nature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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