Ideas from 'Journals' by Isaac Beeckman [1617], by Theme Structure

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26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 7. Later Matter Theories / b. Corpuscles
Cold and hot are the swiftness and slowness of corpuscular motion
                        Full Idea: There is no doubt that the nature of cold and hot are taken from the swiftness and slowness of the motion of corpuscules.
                        From: Isaac Beeckman (Journals [1617], I:132), quoted by Robert Pasnau - Metaphysical Themes 1274-1671 19.6
                        A reaction: This is so right it takes your breath away. For 'corpuscles' we should normally read 'molecules'. Atomism is a further refinement. This is the rejection of the orthodox view of separate qualities.