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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method$
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Niccolo Guicciardini

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013178

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013178.001.0001

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The Principia

The Principia

(p.234) (p.235) 10 The Principia
Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolò Guicciardini

The MIT Press

This chapter explores Newton’s Principia, which is considered by most as his greatest work. It suggests that the principia were originally made as a criticism of Descartes’ Principia Philosophiae, which Newton thought to lack adequate mathematical principles. Newton derived his first law of motion, the law of inertia, from Descartes. The chapter also explores how Newton came up with the law of inertia.

Keywords:   Newton, Principia, Descartes, Principia Philosophiae, law of inertia

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