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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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Fluxions in Print, 1700−1715

Fluxions in Print, 1700−1715

(p.365) 17 Fluxions in Print, 1700−1715
Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolò Guicciardini

The MIT Press

This chapter explores the priorities and values that prompted Newton to finally move from scribal to printed publication. In 1704, Newton’s mathematical work Opticks got published, followed shortly by Enumeratio and De Quadratura. Newton’s De Quadratura became a required reading for his principia, as readers needed to understand the principles of the former to competently take on the more complex systems posited in the latter. The chapter then explores the circumstances surrounding the publication of Newton’s other works: The Arithmetica Universalis, the Commercium Epistolicum, and the “Account.”

Keywords:   Newton, mathematical work, printed publication

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