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

Niccolo Guicciardini


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niccolo Guicciardini, author