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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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Newton on Certainty in Optical Lectures

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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolò Guicciardini

The MIT Press

This chapter explores Isaac Newton’s methods in integrating geometry with natural philosophy, and aims to pinpoint his early program for his goals in a dialogical context. It also explores Newton’s criticism of René Descartes, in his ideas on Cartesian principles. Newton disliked Descartes’ Cartesian hypotheticism, because, according to him, such paradigms were not derived from actual experiments, but only proposed instances of one of many possible causal explanations of a phenomena.

Keywords:   Isaac Newton, Cartesian hypotheticism, René Descartes, geometry, natural philosophy

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