Isaac Newton's Natural Philosophy

Isaac Newton's Natural Philosophy

by Jed Z. Buchwald
     
 

Shedding new light on the intellectual context of Newton's scientific thought, this book explores the development of his mathematical philosophy, rational mechanics, and celestial dynamics. An appendix includes the last paper written by Newton biographer Richard S. Westfall.See more details below

Overview

Shedding new light on the intellectual context of Newton's scientific thought, this book explores the development of his mathematical philosophy, rational mechanics, and celestial dynamics. An appendix includes the last paper written by Newton biographer Richard S. Westfall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262024778
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
10/23/2000
Series:
Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
Contributors
IMotivations and Methods1
1To Twist the Meaning: Newton's Regulae Philosophandi Revisited3
2The Case of the Missing Author: The Title Page of Newton's Opticks (1704), with Notes on the Title Page of Huygens's Traite de la lumiere15
3Newton's Experiments on Diffraction and the Delayed Publication of the Opticks47
4Mathematicians and Naturalists: Sir Isaac Newton and the Royal Society77
IICelestial Dynamics and Rational Mechanics103
5Newton's Mature Dynamics: A Crooked Path Made Straight105
6Newton on the Moon's Variation and Apsidal Motion: The Need for a Newer "New Analysis"139
7Newton's Perturbation Methods for the Three-Body Problem and Their Application to Lunar Motion189
8Force, Continuity, and the Mathematization of Motion at the End of the Seventeenth Century225
9The Newtonian Style in Book II of the Principia249
AppNewton on Fluid Resistance in the First Edition: English Translations of the Passages Replaced or Removed in the Second and Third Editions299
Appendix315
Some Recollections of Richard Samuel Westfall (1924-1996)317
The Background to the Mathematization of Nature321
Index341

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