Cambridge Companion to Newton

ISBN-10: 0521656966
ISBN-13: 9780521656962
Edition: 2002
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Description: Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/25/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) 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 examine all the main aspects of Newton's thought, including not only his approach to space, time, mechanics, and universal gravity in his Principia, his research in optics, and his contributions to mathematics, but also his more clandestine investigations into alchemy, theology, and prophecy, which have sometimes been overshadowed by his mathematical and scientific interests.

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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List of contributors
Preface
Introduction I. Bernard Cohen and George E. Smith
Newton's philosophical analysis of space and time Robert DiSalle
Newton's concepts of force and mass, with notes on the Laws of Motion I. Bernard Cohen
Curvature in Newton's dynamics J. Bruce Brackenridge and Michael Nauenberg
The methodology of the Principia George E. Smith
Newton's argument for universal gravitation William Harper
Newton and celestial mechanics Curtis Wilson
Newton's optics and atomism Alan E. Shapiro
Newton's metaphysics Howard Stein
Analysis and synthesis in Newton's mathematical work Niccolò Guicciardini
Newton, active powers and the mechanical philosophy Alan Gabbey
The background to Newton's chemistry William Newman
Newton's alchemy Karin Figala
Newton on prophecy and the Apocalypse Maurizio Mamiani
Newton and eighteenth-century Christianity Scott Mandelbrote
Newton versus Leibniz: from geometry to metaphysics A. Rupert Hall
Newton and the Leibniz-Clarke correspondence Domenico Bertoloni Meli
Bibliography
Index

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