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Certain Philosophical Questions: Newton's Trinity Notebook
     

Certain Philosophical Questions: Newton's Trinity Notebook

by J. E. McGuire, Martin Tamny
 

ISBN-10: 0521530660

ISBN-13: 9780521530668

Pub. Date: 02/13/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Isaac Newton wrote the manuscript Questiones quaedam philosophicae at the very beginning of his scientific career. This small notebook thus affords rare insight into the beginnings of Newton's thought and the foundations of his subsequent intellectual development. The Questiones contains a series of entries in Newton's hand that range over many topics in science,

Overview

Isaac Newton wrote the manuscript Questiones quaedam philosophicae at the very beginning of his scientific career. This small notebook thus affords rare insight into the beginnings of Newton's thought and the foundations of his subsequent intellectual development. The Questiones contains a series of entries in Newton's hand that range over many topics in science, philosophy, psychology, theology, and the foundations of mathematics. These notes, written in English, provide a very detailed picture of Newton's early interests, and record his critical appraisal of contemporary issues in natural philosophy. Written predominantly in 1664-5, they give a significant perspective on Newton's thought just prior to his annus mirabilis, 1666. This volume provides a complete transcription of the Questiones, together with an 'expansion' into modern English, and a full editorial commentary on the content and significance of the notebook in the development of Newton's thought. It will be essential reading for all those interested in Newton and the intellectual foundations of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521530668
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/13/2003
Pages:
532
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Commentary: Introduction; 1. Infinity, indivisibilism, and the void; 2. The Cartesian influence; 3. Newton on projectile motion and the void; 4. Physiology and Hobbesian epistemology; 5. The origin of Newton's optical thought and its connection with physiology; 6. Gravitation, attraction, and cohesion; 7. Astronomy; 8. Things and souls; Part II. Transcription and Expansion of Questiones Quaedam Philosophicae: Principles of the transcription and expansion; The transcription and expansion; Appendix; Glossary; Symbols and shorthand devices; Selected bibliography; Index.

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