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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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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolò Guicciardini

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the circulation of Newton’s mathematical manuscripts and correspondence. Newton compiled his mathematical research in systematically organized treatises, but they were often not sent to the press for publication. The chapter suggests that Newton did not originally mean to have his mathematical notes published, but only made them for his mere love of writing. It asserts that although Newton never meant for his writings to be published, he meant for them to be shared among his close circle of acolytes.

Keywords:   Newton, mathematical research, manuscripts

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