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Beeckman, Isaac
     Journal tenu par Isaac Beeckman de 1604 à 1634 publié avec une introduction et des notes par C. de Waard, 4 vols.
    Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff, 1939-1953
The first volume published in 1939; the second in 1942; the third 1945; the fourth in 1953.

    
Mathematico-physicarvm meditationum, quaestionum, solutionum centvria.
  Traiecti ad Rhenum, 1644
Published by Isaac's younger brother Abraham. Extracts from Beeckman's "Journal".

On web

Some texts of Beeckman's Journal (in Latin and Dutch ) by Ad Davidse



Secondary Source

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"title of the paper"

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Bailhache, Patrice

"Isaac Beeckman a-t-il démontré la loi des cordes vibrantes selon laquelle le fréquence est inversement proportionelle à la longueur?"
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences, 1992, 45: 336-344


"Cordes vibrantes et consonances chez Beeckman, Mersenne et Galilée"

Sciences et techniques en perspective, 1993, 23: 73-91

You can find the e-text version of this paper here.

Berkel, Klaas van

"Spiegeling en daet bij Beeckman en Stevin"
Tijdschrift voor de Geschiedenis der Geneeskunde, Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Techniek, 1979, 2: 89-100


Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) en de mechanisering van het wereldbeeld
Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1983

With English summary.


"Beeckman, Descartes et «la philosophie physico-mathématique»"
 Archives de Philosophie, 1983, 46: 620-626

In French.


"Problemen rond integratie en specialisatie in de wetenschapsgeschiedenis: de 'molecuultheorie' van Isaac Beeckman"
De Zeventiende Eeuw, 1986, 2-1: 41-56


"Voetnoot bij Beeckman: een antwoord aan Kubbinga"

De Zeventiende Eeuw, 1986,
2-2: 80-83

See Kubbinga's section.


"Galileo in Holland before the Discorsi: Isaac Beeckman's reaction to Galileo's work"

in (eds.) C. S. Maffioli & L. C. Palm,
Italian scientists in the Low Countries in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1989, pp. 101-129

In English.


"Isaac Beeckman 1588-1637"

in (ed.) A. J. Kox,
Van Stevin tot Lorenz. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Bert Bakker, 1990, pp. 20-33

In Dutch. A short sketch of Beeckman's life.


"Isaac Beeckman 1588-1637"
in (eds.) K. van Berkel & Albert van Helden & Lodewijk Palm, A History of science in The Netherlands. Leiden: Brill, 1999, pp. 410-413

In English.


"Isaac Beeckman 1588-1637"

in (ed.) Wilbur Applebaum, Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution from Copernicus to Newton. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000, pp. 79-80

In English.


"Descartes' debt to Beeckman: inspiration, cooperation, conflict"

in (eds.) Gaukroger & Schuster & Sutton,
Descartes' natural philosophy. (London: Routledge, 2000), pp. 46-59

In English.

Bernhardt, Jean

"Le rôle des conceptions d'Isaac Beeckman dans la formation de Thomas Hobbes et dans l'élaboration de son Short Tract"
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences, 1987, 40: 203-215


Thomas Hobbes: Court traité des premiers principes: le Short Tract on First Principles de 1630-1631: la naissance de Thomas Hobbes à la pensée moderne.
Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1988


Buzon, Frédéric de

"Descartes, Beeckman et l'acoustique"
Archives de Philosophie, Bulletin Cartesien X, 1981, 44: 1-8


"Science de la nature et théorie musicale chez Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637)"
Revue d'Histoire des Scences, 1985, 38: 97-120


Canone, E.

"Il 'Catalogus librorum' di Isaac Beeckman"
Nouvelles de la Republique des Lettres, 1991, 1991-1: 131-159

In Italian. Including the reprint of Beeckman's book catalogue.

Cohen, H. Floris

Quantifying music: the science of music at the first stage of the Scientific Revolution, 1580-1650
Dordrecht: D. Reidel Publishing, 1984, pp. 115-161


Damerow, Peter, & Gideon Freudenthal & Peter McLaughlin & Jürgen Renn

Exploring the limits of preclassical mechanics: a study of conceptual devolopment in early modern science: free fall and compound motion in the work of Descartes, Galileo, and Beeckman
New York: Springer-Verlag, 1991


Dijksterhuis, E. J.

Val en worp. Een bijdrage tot de geschiedenis van de mechanica van Aristoteles tot Newton.
Groningen: 1924, pp. 304-321


"Over het aandeel van Isaac Beeckman in de ontwikkeling der valwetten"
Nieuw Archif voor Wiskunde, 2e reeks, 1925, 14: 186-208


The mechanization of the world picture: Pythagoras to Newton
(tr.) C. Dikshoorn, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986, pp. 329-333, et al.

Translation from Dutch (1950).

Drake, Stillman

"Free fall from Albert of Saxony to Honoré Fabri"
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 1975, 5: 347-366


Elena, Alberto

"Baconianism in the seventeenth-century Netherlands: a preliminary survey"
Nuncius, 1991, 6: 33-65

Some remarks on Beeckman's Baconianism.

Gabby, Alan

"The case of mechanics: one revolution or many?"
in David C. Lindberg & Robert S. Westman (eds.),
Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990), pp. 493-528

Beeckman's explanation of top is refered to.

Gemelli, Benedino

Isaac Beeckman: atomista e lettore critico di Lucrezio
Olschki, 2002


Hanson, Norwood Russell

Patterns of discovery
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1958
, Chap. 2.


Honma, Eio

"Isaac Beeckman and his 'Physico-Mathematical Philosophy'"
Kagakusi Kenkyu (Journal of History of Science, Japan), 1994,
II-33: 76-84

In Japanese with English summary.


"Beeckman's natural philosophy"
Historia Scientiarum, 1996, 5: 225-247

In English.


"Falling body problem in the collaboration of Beeckman and Descartes"
Kagakusi Kenkyu (Journal of History of Science, Japan), 1996, II-35: 131-140

In Japanese with English summary.


"Physico-mathematica in the musical theory: the collaboration of Beeckman and Descartes (II)"
Kagakusi Kenkyu (Journal of History of Science, Japan), 2000, 39: 202-210

In Japanese with English summary.


"Medical readings of Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) with the list of medical books in Beeckman's Catalogus"

Tetsugaku Kagakushi Ronsô (Archive for Philosophy and the History of Science)
, 2002, 4: 1-43

In Japanese. In this paper the author identifies the medical books in Beeckman's Catalogus.Ђ@Authors' index (parts in Japanese)ЂD


"The developement of mechanical physiology in the seventeenth century Netherlands--From Isaac Beeckman to Theodoor Craanen"

Ph. D. Thesis at the University of Tokyo, 2003

In Japanese. Chapter 5.

"Beeckman between Stevin and Descartes: the origin of "Paradox of Hydrostatics""
Kagakushi Kenkyu (Journal of History of Science, Japan)
, 2004, 43: 31-34

In Japanese.
English summary
During the collaboration of Beeckman and Descartes, the young Frenchman wrote a short treatise on the "paradox of hydrostatics" which comes from Simon Stevin's work. It is certain that Beeckman brought forward the paradox before him. In this note I show its origin in Beeckman's Journal. I follow the sequence of references in his text to Stevin's and find the very theorem of "hydrostatical paradox". I also refer to the importance of hydrostatics for Beeckman, because he thought a hydrostatical pressure model of the gravitation or attraction which is the central problem in his natural philosophy. At the end of their collaboration they thought falling body problem. This problem must give them another problem about the cause of gravitation. I think that in the course of explaining it they came upon the paradox.

Hooykaas, R.

"Science and religion in the seventeenth century: Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637)"
Free University Quartery, 1951, 1: 169-183


"Beeckman, Isaac"
Dictionary of the Scientific Biography, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, v. I, 1970, p. 566-568


Religion and the rise of modern science
Edinburg: Scottish Academic Press, 1972


Ishii, Tadaatsu

Tetsugakusha no tanjô: Descartes shoki-shishô no kenkyû (Birth of philosopher: a study of Descartes' early thought)
Tokyo: Tôkai Daigaku Shuppankai, 1992

In Japanese. Some remarks on the influence of Beeckman on Descartes' early thought.

Kondô, Yôitsu

Descartes no shizen-zô (Descartes' view of nature)
Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 1959
; reprinted as the volume IV of Kondô Yôitsu Sûgakushi Chosakushû (Tokyo: Nihon Hyôron Sha, 1994)

In Japanese. Some remarks on the influence of Beeckman on Descartes' natural philosophy.

Koyré, Alexandre

Études galiléennes
Paris: Hermann, 1939
, tom. 2


Kubbinga, Henrik Herman

Le développement historique du concept de «molécule» dans les sciences de la nature jusqu'à la fin du XVIIIe siècle
Paris: [H. H. Kubbinga], 1983

His doctor thesis.


"La première specification dite «moléculaire» de l'atomisme épicurien: Isaac Beeckman (1620) et le concept d'«individu substantiel»"
Lias, 1984, 11: 287-306


"Les première théorie «moléculaires»: Isaac Beeckman (1620) et Sébastien Basson (1621): le concept d'«individu substantiel» et d'«espèce substantielle»"
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences, 1984, 37: 215-233


"Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) en de molecularisering van de microcosmos. Een aspect van de 'mechanisering van het wereldbeeld'"
De Zeventiende Eeuw, 1986, 2-2: 59-79

In Dutch with French summary.


"The first "molecular" theory (1620): Isaac Beeckman(1588-1637)"
Journal of Molecular Structure (Theochem), 1988, 181: 205-218

In English.


"Nouveau: le Catalogus [...] librorum d'Isaac Beeckman"
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences, 1989, 42: 173-175


"Le concept d'Ђрindividu substantielЂР chez Beeckman et chez Descartes"
in T. Verbeek (ed.),
Descartes et Regius: autour de l'explication de l'esprit humain (Studies in the history of ideas in the Low Countries vol. 2). Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993, pp. 93-103


L'histoire du concept de «molécule». 3 tomes
Paris: Springer-Verlag France, 2002, Tome I, Chapitre V-VI

In French.

Lieburg, M. J. van

"Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637) and his diary-notes on William Harvey's theory on blood circulation (1633-1634)"
Janus, 1982, 69: 161-184


Monchamp, Georges

"Isaac Beeckman et Descartes"
Bull. Ac. Roy. de Belgique
, 1895, 29: 117-148


Nonnoi, Giancarlo

Il pelago d'aria: Galileo, Baliani, Beeckman
Roma: Bulzoni Editione, 1988

In Italian.

Rochot, B.

"Beeckman, Gassendi et le principe d'inertie"
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences, 1952, 5: 282-289


Schuster, John Andrew

"Descartes and the scientific revolution"
A dissertation at the Princeton University, 1977


Thijssen-Schoute, C. Louise

Nederlands cartesianisme avec sommaire et table des matieres en francais: bezorgd en van aanvullende bibliografie voorzien door Th. Verbeek.
Utrecht: Het Uitgevers, 1989, pp. 557-560, et al.

In Dutch.

Waard, Cornelis van

L'expérience barométrique: ses antecedentes et ses explications
Thouars: Imprimerie Nouvelle, 1936, pp. 75-91, 145-168


"Vie de l'auteur"
Journal tenu par Isaac Beeckman, 1939, I, pp. i-xxiv


"Sur les régles du choc des corps d'aprés Beeckman"
Correspondence du P. Mersenne, religieux minime, publiée par P. Tannery, editée par C. de Waard (et A. Beaulieu), avec la collaboration de R. Pintard, 1947, II, pp. 632-644


"Isaac Beeckman (1588-1637)"
Archives sur Musée Teyler, série III, 1947, 9: 299-342

In Dutch.

Walker, D. P.

"Isaac Beeckman and music"
in (eds.) Phyllis Mack & Margaret C. Jacob,
Politics and culture in early modern Europe: essays in honor of H. G. Koenigsberger. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987, pp. 273-284


Watanabe, Hiroshi

"On the divergence of the concept of motion in the collaboration of Beeckman and Descartes"
Proceeding of the XIVth international congress of the history of science. Tokyo and Kyoto 1974. Tokyo, 1975, pp. 338-340

In English.

Zaitsu, Osamu

"Two errors about the law of falling body: Descartes' thoughts in the early drafts (1)"
Chûô Daigaku Bungakubu Kiyô
, March 1988, n. 129, pp. 27-59

"Unsettlement of Cartesian understanding about the movement of falling body: Descartes' thoughts in the early drafts (2)"
Chûô Daigaku Bungakubu Kiyô
, April 1990, n. 141, pp. 37-56

Both written in Japanese.

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