The Cambridge Companion to Newton

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Sir Isaac Newton was one of the greatest scientists of all time, a thinker of extraordinary range and creativity who has left enduring legacies in mathematics and the natural sciences. In this volume a team of distinguished contributors examines the principal aspects of Newton's thought. They include not only his approach to space, time, mechanics, and universal gravity in Principia and his research in optics and mathematics, but also his lesser known clandestine investigations into alchemy, theology, and prophecy.
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Isaac Newton (1642-1727) did not contribute to philosophy, but the editors argue that he deserves to be included in a series of companions to major philosophers because to him and his contemporaries, his work was in the field of natural philosophy, which has only seceded into science since then. Historians and philosophers of science look at such aspects as his concepts of force and mass, the methodology of the , and his alchemy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"A worthy addition to the already rich and diverse Cambridge Companion series, this new multi-authored work provides a valuable tool for historians, philosophers, and theologians who study Newton's massive literary output and incalculable impact on the modern world." ISIS

"The contributors have produced sixteen well-written and admirably focused chapters.... Good index; excellent selective and intelligently organized bibliography. This book splendidly has met its goals. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

"A complete survey of Newton's thought." Seventeenth Century News

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of contributors
Introduction 1
1 Newton's philosophical analysis of space and time 33
2 Newton's concepts of force and mass, with notes on the Laws of Motion 57
3 Curvature in Newton's dynamics 85
4 The methodology of the Principia 138
5 Newton's argument for universal gravitation 174
6 Newton and celestial mechanics 202
7 Newton's optics and atomism 227
8 Newton's metaphysics 256
9 Analysis and synthesis in Newton's mathematical work 308
10 Newton, active powers, and the mechanical philosophy 329
11 The background to Newton's chymistry 358
12 Newton's alchemy 370
13 Newton on prophecy and the Apocalypse 387
14 Newton and eighteenth-century Christianity 409
15 Newton versus Leibniz: from geometry to metaphysics 431
16 Newton and the Leibniz-Clarke correspondence 455
Bibliography 465
Index 481
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