Absolute or Relative Motion?: Volume 1, The Discovery of Dynamics: A Study from a Machian Point of View of the Discovery and the Structure of Dynamical Theories

Absolute or Relative Motion?: Volume 1, The Discovery of Dynamics: A Study from a Machian Point of View of the Discovery and the Structure of Dynamical Theories

by Julian B. Barbour
     
 

This richly detailed biography captures both the personal life and the scientific career of Isaac Newton, presenting a fully rounded picture of Newton the man, the scientist, the philosopher, the theologian, and the public figure. Professor Westall treats all aspects of Newton's career, but his account centers on a full description of Newton's achievements in science.…  See more details below

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This richly detailed biography captures both the personal life and the scientific career of Isaac Newton, presenting a fully rounded picture of Newton the man, the scientist, the philosopher, the theologian, and the public figure. Professor Westall treats all aspects of Newton's career, but his account centers on a full description of Newton's achievements in science. Thus the core of the work describes the development of the calculus, the experimentation that altered the direction of the science of optics, and especially the investigations in celestial dynamics that led to the law of universal gravitation.

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'This monumental scientific biography provides a masterly, well-documented summary of contemporary views of all the many facets of Newton's astounding wide-ranging career.' Nature

'The first detailed biography of Newton written by a professional historian of science who, over the years, has mastered the prodigious literature, weighted it judiciously, and still manages to reveal new insights by delving into the mass of Newton's unpublished writings. Westall has produced a work of major significance.' Science

'A monumental biography, and a delight to read.' The New Yorker

'Richard Westall has done Newton proud.' The Economist

Booknews
Subtitled: A study from a Machian point of view of the discovery and the structure of dynamic theories. Barbour presents an original study of the discovery of dynamics, covering the period from antiquity to the publication 300 years ago of Newton's Principia. It includes a detailed discussion of the development of ancient Greek astronomy, the Copernican revolution, the discovery of the laws of planetary motion of Kepler, Galileo's first great discoveries in the study of terrestrial motions, and the important contributions of Descartes and Huygens. The last quarter of the book is devoted to Newton and the clarification of the key dynamical concepts that he introduced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521324670
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1989
Pages:
768
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.85(d)

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