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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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Descartes on Method and Certainty in the Géométrie

Descartes on Method and Certainty in the Géométrie

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Isaac Newton on Mathematical Certainty and Method

Niccolò Guicciardini

The MIT Press

This chapter explores René Descartes’ most influential mathematical work—the Géométrie (1637)—an essay that remained to be influential across generations, and which also had a profound impact in the young Isaac Newton. Most of Newton’s mathematical work can be construed as his formal response to the Géométrie. The chapter then outlines the contributions of the Géométrie in the field of mathematics, particularly in geometry.

Keywords:   Géométrie, Isaac Newton, René Descartes, mathematics, geometry

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