Reading the Principia: The Debate on Newton's Mathematical Methods for Natural Philosophy from 1687 to 1736

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September 2003



Volume on the interpretation of Newton's Principia.


1. Purpose of this book; Part I. Newton's Methods: 2. Newton's methods of series and fluxions; 3. The mathematical methods of the Principia; Part II. Three Readers: 4. Newton: between tradition and innovation; 5. Huygens: the Principia and proportion theory; 6. Leibniz: not equivalent in practice; Part III. Two Schools: 7. Britain: in the wake of the Principia; 8. Basel: challenging the Principia; 9. Conclusion: Newtonians, Leibnizians and Eulerians; References.


Niccol- Guicciardini holds degrees in physics and philosophy awarded by the Universit... degli Studi di Milano. His Ph.D. thesis in the history of mathematics was written under the supervision of Ivor Grattan-Guinness at Middlesex Polytechnic and was published by Cambridge University Press in 1989 as The Development of Newtonian Calculus in Britain, 1700-1800. He is Co-Editor in Chief of Historia Mathematica and is a recipient of the Sarton Medal for 2011-2012, awarded by the University of Ghent, Belgium.


'This is a clearly written and informative work that brings alive and throws new light on a compelling episode ... It is an attractive book and accessible to a broad constituency.' June Barrow-Green, BSHM Newsletter From a translation of an article appeared in Il Sole-24 Ore: 'Guicciardini offers an original key to the reading of the Principia, which is the mature result of the research of a scholar, better known abroad than in Italy. He is among the greatest authorities in his field.' Umberto Bottazzini, Il Sole-24 Ore 'This reviewer enjoyed reading Reading the Principia.' Applied Mechanics 'The book is a first-rate contribution to the history of science.' E. Knobloch, Zentralblatt MATH
EAN: 9780521544030
ISBN: 0521544033
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 292 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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