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ISBN 9780860783473
Published February 25, 1993 by Routledge
344 Pages

 
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Over the last forty years Professor Hall has been a major contributor to the ’new view’ of Newton now generally accepted. Essentially this has derived from the bringing to light and examination of Newton’s vast, but long neglected legacy of manuscripts, and the first studies in this volume illustrate the wealth of information these provide on the earliest phases of his great discoveries in mathematics and science. In particular, they confirm the intensity and originality of Newton’s investigations before and through the ’anni mirabiles’ of 1665-66. Further papers then deal with his relations with contemporaries such as Hooke, Leibniz and Huyghens, again making extensive use of unpublished manuscript material, and with the developing influence of his work. Durant les quarante dernières années, le professeur Hall a été l’un des plus importants contributeurs à la nouvelle appréciation de l’oeuvre de Newton, qui est de nos jours la plus généralement acceptée. Ceci provient essentiellement de l’examen du vaste héritage de manuscrits laissés par Newton et très longtemps négligé; les premières études de ce volume illustrent la richesse d’informations contenues dans ceux-ci quant aux toutes premières phases de ses grandes découvertes dans le domaine des mathématiques et de le science. Ils confirment en particulier l’intensité et l’originalité des recherches de Newton avant et pendant les anni mirabiles de 1665-66. S’ajoutent à ceci plusieurs études, où il est à nouveau fait grand usage de manuscrits inédits, traitant des rapports qu’il entretenait avec ses contemporains tels, Hooke, Leibniz et Huyghens, ainsi que de l’influence progressive de ses travaux.

Table of Contents

Contents: An autobiographical introduction; Sir Isaac Newton’s note-book, 1661-1665; Further optical experiments of Isaac Newton; Newton on the calculation of central forces; Newton’s chemical experiments; Correcting the Principia; Newton’s ’mechanical principles’; Newton’s theory of matter; Newton and his editors; Beyond the fringe: diffraction as seen by Grimaldi, Fabri, Hooke and Newton; Two unpublished lectures of Robert Hooke; Newton’s first book; Horology and criticism: Robert Hooke; Henry More and the Scientific Revolution; Le problème de la vitesse de la lumière dans l’oeuvre de Newton; Leibniz and the British mathematicians (1673-1676); Newton in France: a new view; Index.

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