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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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Geometry and Mechanics

Geometry and Mechanics

(p.293) 13 Geometry and Mechanics
Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolò Guicciardini

The MIT Press

This chapter explores Newton’s view about the relationship between geometry and mechanics in the preface of his work the Principia and some series of texts associated with it. According to the preface, Newton identified the purpose of philosophy: To examine the forces of the phenomena in nature, and once the forces are established, to demonstrate the remaining phenomena. It suggests that the opening lines of the Preface of the Principia were intended to be a criticism of Descartes’ theories of geometry, which he laid out in the Géométrié.

Keywords:   Newton, Descartes, Principia, mechanics, geometry, Géométrié

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