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Iulia Mihai

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
Philosophy and Moral Sciences

Room 120.047, Blandijnberg 2

Iulia Mihai works on the relationship between mathematics and physics within problem-solving practices in mechanics (mainly at the intersection of acoustics and fluid mechanics) in the first half of the eighteenth century. She explores questions in three main areas: (1) what constitutes a problem and its solution in mechanics and mathematics, (2) the relevance of mathematics in providing explanations within natural philosophy, and (3) the legitimacy of the ways in which mathematics gets applied to physics. By tracing changes in the problem-solving practices centred on the vibrating string problem and the propagation of sound from Newton to Lagrange, she aims to describe features of the legacy of Newtonianism within analytical mechanics.