Newton and Newtonianism: New Studies / Edition 1

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This volume contains eleven essays by eminent scholars which focus on Newton's theology, his study of alchemy, the early reception of Newtonianism, and the history of Newton scholarship. It includes unique accounts of the attempts over the last quarter of the twentieth century, to publish Sir Isaac Newton's theological manuscripts, including an essay by the eminent historian of philosophy, Richard H. Popkin, regarding his involvement in this enterprise, as well as essays by Rob Iliffe and Scott Mandelbrote, the founding Editorial Directors of the Newton Manuscript Project, recently set up to publish Newton's unpublished manuscripts for the first time. The volume also features the emerging interpretations of Newton's seminal theological thought, and its relationship to his scientific work, as well as other important essays which illuminate Newton's influence upon so many of the complex and seemingly paradoxical patterns of the Enlightenment.
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"The book is an outcome of the efforts of several eminent scholars who are committed to the long standing project of publishing all of Newton’s widely scattered unpublished papers. These papers open up a new view on aspects of Newton’s thoughts that were scarcely acknowledged hitherto … . The essays of the collection elucidate either the current state of Newton studies or the seminal figure of Newton himself." (Karl-Heinz Schlote, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1081, 2006)

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Preface; J.E. Force, S. Hutton. Introduction; M.J. Osler. 1. The New Newtonian Scholarship and the Fate of the Scientific Revolution; M.J. Osler. 2. Plans for Publishing Newton's Religious and Alchemical Manuscripts, 1982-1998; R.H. Popkin. 3. Digitizing Newton: The Newton Project and an Electronic Edition of Newton's Papers; R. Iliffe. 4. Was Newton a Voluntarist? P. Harrison. 5. Providence and Newton's Pantokrator: Natural Law, Miracles and Newtonian Science; J.E. Force. 6. Eighteenth-Century Reactions to Newton's Anti-Trinitarianism; S. Mandelbrote. 7. Prosecuting Athanasius: Protestant Forensics and the Mirrors of Persecution; R. Iliffe. 8. Lust, Pride and Ambition: Isaac Newton and the Devil; S.D. Snobelen. 9. Women, Science and Newtonianism: Emilie Du Châtelet Versus Francesco Algarotti; S. Hutton. 10. Reflections on Newton's Alchemy in Light of the New Historiography of Alchemy; L.M. Principe. 11. The Trouble with Newton in the Eighteenth Century; L. Stewart. Index.

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