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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method
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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolo Guicciardini

Abstract

Historians of mathematics have devoted considerable attention to Isaac Newton’s work on algebra, series, fluxions, quadratures, and geometry. This book examines a critical aspect of Newton’s work that has not been tightly connected to his actual practice: His philosophy of mathematics. Newton aimed to inject certainty into natural philosophy by deploying mathematical reasoning (titling his main work The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy most probably to highlight a stark contrast to Descartes’ Principles of Philosophy). To that end he paid concerted attention to method, particularl ... More

Keywords: Isaac Newton, philosophy of mathematics, certainty, natural philosophy, mathematical reasoning, Mathematical Principles, Descartes, Principles of Philosophy, Leibniz, fluxions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013178
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013178.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niccolo Guicciardini, author