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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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Hidden Common Analysis

Hidden Common Analysis

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(p.258) (p.259) 11 Hidden Common Analysis
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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method
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Niccolò Guicciardini

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013178.003.0011

This chapter explores how Newton used algebraic expressions in the Principia. Newton indeed used algebra, which proved to be an effective analytical tool, and chose to conceal the algebraic equations he used due not to his worries about his readers’ competency, but to a well-planned publication strategy. The chapter then considers what mathematical equations Newton used in Proposition Thirty, Book One of his Principia.

Keywords:   Newton, Principia, algebraic equations

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