A Very Capable Life: The Autobiography of Zarah Petri by John Leigh Walters

By John Leigh Walters

Written in his mother's exact voice, John Leigh Walters pushes the limits of memoir in a truly able lifestyles, the intense trip of a probably traditional woman.

Zarah Petri used to be a baby whilst her kin left Hungary to set up a brand new lifestyles in Canada within the Nineteen Twenties. With braveness and innovation, Zarah and her family members survived the Depression--even if it intended breaking the legislations to take action. In celebrating Zarah Petri, a truly able lifestyles can pay homage to all "ordinary" ladies of the early 20th century who challenged society's conventions for the sake of survival.

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In fact, in 1661, only two significant figures had embraced the principle of inertia, Rene Descartes and Christiaan Huygens. Indeed, it was Descartes and not Galileo who stated the principle of inertia in the form we accept today, insisting on the rectilinear character of inertial motion. His writings were the primary vehicle by which the concept spread. In 1661, Huygens' work on mechanics still remained locked in his manuscripts. Other students of mechanics had derived Galileo's kinematic relations from concepts of impetus.

Nevertheless, Descartes's theory was capable of elaboration. His steady pressure might be converted to pulses of pressure, sometime called waves, and pulses or waves might overcome the difficulties presented by pressure alone. By 1661, at least two men were beginning to think in such terms: Robert Hooke and Christiaan Huygens. Neither had published a theory of light by that time, nor was it evident that such a theory would solve all the problems. Moreover, the terms in which seventeenth-century science viewed nature as a whole had presented yet another problem to optics, the problem of color.

What does exist is the qualitatively neutral matter of the mechanical philosophy, divided into particles differentiated only by size, shape, and motion. From their various combinations arise all the appearances of the substances with which chemists deal. To chemists Boyle offered full participation in the fraternity of natural philosophers. By mechanizing chemistry, he effectively obliterated the barriers that had separated their enterprise from the rest of natural philosophy. To the mechanical philosophy of nature he offered what chemistry alone could provide, an articulated science of matter, which surely had to be essential to a philosophy asserting that all phenomena result from particles of matter in motion.

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