Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from His Writings

Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from His Writings

by Sir Isaac Newton
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Courier Corporation
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Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from His Writings

Aside from the Principia and occasional appearances of the Opticks, Newton's writings have remained largely inaccessible to students of philosophy, science, and literature as well as to other readers. This book provides a remedy with wide representation of the interests, problems, and diverse philosophic issues that preoccupied the greatest scientific mind of the seventeenth century.
Grouped in sections corresponding to methods, principles, and theological considerations, these selections feature cross-references to related essays. Starting with an examination of the methods of natural philosophy — including the rules of reasoning, the formulation of hypotheses, and the experimental method — the essays explore the laws of motion and the relationships between God and gravity, creation, and universal design. Discussions of questions related to natural philosophy include theories on light, colors, and perceptions. The volume concludes with absorbing selections from the Opticks and a helpful series of historical and explanatory notes.

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ISBN-13: 9780486445939
Publisher: Courier Corporation
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Introduction: What Isaac Newton Started
Selections from Newton
I. The Method of Natural Philosophy
  1. Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy
  2. On Hypotheses
  3. The Experimental Method
II. Fundamental Principles of Natural Philosophy
  1. Newton's Preface to the First Edition of the Principia
  2. Definitions and Scholium
  3. Axioms, or Laws of Motion
  4. The Motion of Bodies
III. God and Natural Philosophy
  1. General Scholium
  2. God and Gravity
  3. On Creation
  4. On Universal Design
IV. Questions on Natural Philosophy
  1. The New Theory about Light and Colors
  2. On the Science of Colors
  3. Hypothesis Touching on the Theory of Light and Colors
  4. Perception
  5. On Gravity
  6. Cotes' Preface to the Second Edition of the Principia
V. Questions from the "Optics"
Selected Bibliography

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