The Cambridge Companion to Newton

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Cambridge University Press, 25 apr 2002 - 500 pagine
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 all the main aspects of Newtons thought, including not only his approach to space, time, mechanics, and universal gravity in his Principia and his research in optics and mathematics, but also his clandestine investigations into alchemy, theology, and prophecy, which have sometimes been overshadowed by his mathematical and scientific interests.
 

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Indice

Introduction
1
Newtons philosophical analysis of space and time
33
Newtons concepts of force and mass with notes on the Laws of Motion
57
Curvature in Newtons dynamics
85
The methodology of the Principia
138
Newtons argument for universal gravitation
174
Newton and celestial mechanics
202
Newtons optics and atomism
227
Newton active powers and the mechanical philosophy
329
The background to Newtons chymistry
358
Newtons alchemy
370
Newton on prophecy and the Apocalypse
387
Newton and eighteenthcentury Christianity
409
Newton versus Leibniz from geometry to metaphysics
431
Newton and the LeibnizClarke correspondence
455
Bibliography
465

Newtons metaphysics
256
Analysis and synthesis in Newtons mathematical work
308

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Born in Far Rockaway, New York, I. Bernard Cohen earned degrees from Harvard University. He holds the distinction of being the first person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in the history of science. Later, Cohen established the History of Science Department at Harvard. Cohen has received many fellowships and has won the George Sarton Medal, awarded by the History of Science Society. Cohen is an author and editor, known for his books about Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.

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