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Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenment

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ISBN-10: 0226749452

ISBN-13: 9780226749457

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: J. B. Shank, John Bennett Shank

List price: $69.00
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Nothing is considered more natural than the connection between Isaac Newton7;s science and the modernity that came into being during the eighteenth-century Enlightenment. Terms like 0;Newtonianism1; are routinely taken as synonyms for 0;Enlightenment1; and 0;modern1; thought, yet the particular conjunction of these terms has a history full of accidents and contingencies. Modern physics, for example, was not the determined result of the rational unfolding of Newton7;s scientific work in the eighteenth century, nor was the Enlightenment the natural and inevitable consequence of Newton7;s eighteenth-century reception. Each of these outcomes, in fact, was a contingent event produced by the particular historical developments of the early eighteenth century. A comprehensive study of public culture,The Newton Wars and the Beginning of the French Enlightenmentdigsbelow the surface of the commonplace narratives that link Newton with Enlightenment thought to examine the actual historical changes that brought them together in eighteenth-century time and space. Drawing on the full range of early modern scientific sources, from studied scientific treatises and academic papers to book reviews, commentaries, and private correspondence, J. B. Shank challenges the widely accepted claim that Isaac Newton7;s solitary genius is the reason for his iconic status as the father of modern physics and the philosophemovement.
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

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Introduction: Provincializing Newton, or Building in the Ruins of a Grand Narrative of Modernity
Before the Light: Newton and French Science Before 1728
Newton without Newtonianism: French Mathematical Science in the Early Eighteenth Century
Sources of Enlightenment Newtonianism: Toward a New Climate of Science in France after 1715
Preparing the Battlefield: Fighting For and Against Newton after 1715
The Newton Wars in France
The Invention of French Newtonianism: Maupertuis and Voltaire
Making the "Philosophe": Voltaire's Newtonianism and the Scandal of the Lettres philosophiques
A French Culture War: The Battle over Newtonianism
Leibnizianism and the Solidification of the French Englightenment
Coda: Instituting the French Enlightenment: Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopedie