The Foundations of Newtonian Scholarship

The Foundations of Newtonian Scholarship

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Newtonian scholarship has taken great steps forward in the last half-century. The recent completion of critical editions of Newton's mathematical papers and of his scientific correspondence, as well as the publication of the first volume of his optical papers and of variant readings of the Principia in the original Latin, have made most of Newton's scientific work generally available for study and analysis for the first time. This has provided a better understanding of Newton's Principia and Optics especially regarding their origin and interpretation, much of which has remained obscure for several centuries. Some of the new developments and insights are presented in this book by several of the scholars who have made these primary sources accessible, and by others who are using them to elucidate Newton's work. Most of the papers included were presented at the Symposium on the Foundations of Newtonian Scholarship, held at the Royal Society in London in March 1997.George Smith discussed the evolution of Newtona#39;s theoretical ideas and experiments on the motion of bodies in fluids like air ... In his lecture, aquot;Newtona#39;s Dynamics: The Diagram as a Diagnostic Device, aquot; Bruce Brackenridge takes up the role ofanbsp;...

Title:The Foundations of Newtonian Scholarship
Author:Richard Henry Dalitz, Michael Nauenberg
Publisher:World Scientific - 2000-07-31


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