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According to one historian, R.S. Westfall, the mechanical
philosophy that posited a physical world of little corpuscles or atoms in motion was startling in its bleakness—but admirably contrived for the purposes of modern science. The belief in a material substratum devoid of secondary properties (colours, sounds, tastes etc.) appealed to most of the leading seventeenth-century natural philosophers, notably Galileo, Descartes, Boyle, and Newton. Yet, this microscopic world was beyond the reach of human observation. Why was the mechanical philosophy so deeply rooted and so widespread? In what respects did it reinforce some of the new scientific theories and methods, in astronomy, physics, and chemistry?