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The Annus mirabilis of Sir Isaac Newton, 1666-1966. Edited by Robert Palter.


Cambridge, Mass., M.I.T. Press [1970 or 1] .
ISBN 0262160358, 9780262160353

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Other Authors Palter, Robert,
Subjects Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727
Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727.
Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727.
Newton, Isaac.
Description viii, 351 pages illustrations, facsimiles, portraits 27 cm
Copyright Date [1970 or 1]
Notes Expanded and revised version of papers and discussion comments originally presented at a conference on Newtonian studies, held at the University of Texas at Austin, Nov. 10-12, 1966. Cf. Pref. and dust jacket.
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary At the beginning of 1665, when Isaac Newton was twenty-three years old, he returned to his native village for a period of two years to escape the plague that had closed down Cambridge University. He later wrote that these years were his most fruitful and creative, and recalls in particular that in 1666 he developed the integral calculus, experimentally verified the composite nature of light, and refined his gravitational theory to the point that he was able to satisfy himself through calculation that the earth's gravity holds the moon in orbit. Recent Newtonian scholarship has effectively called his memory into question somewhat on these points, but the marvelous year of 1666 may surely be taken as symbolic of a decisive turning point in the history of human thought.
Contents [1.] Newton's life and society: The lad from Lincolnshire / Frank E. Manuel -- Newton and his society / Christopher Hill -- [2.] Newton's scientific achievements: Newton and the theory of matter / A. Rupert Hall and Marie Boas Hall -- Sources and strengths of Newton's early mathematical thought / D.T. Whiteside -- Uneasily fitful reflections on fits of easy transmission / Richard S. Westfall -- Newton's and Leibniz' dynamics / Pierre Costabel (translated by J.M. Briggs, Jr.) -- Newton's achievements in dynamics / John Herivel -- Newton's second law and the concept of force in the Principia / I. Bernard Cohen -- Reactions of late baroque mechanics to success, conjecture, error, and failure in Newton's Principia / C. Truesdell -- Newtonian cosmology / E.L. Schücking -- [3.] Philosophical analysis of Newton's scientific achievements: Newton and the inductive method / Robert Palter -- Newtonian space-time / Howard Stein -- The philosophical significance of Newton's science / Dudley Shapere -- [4.] Newton's influence: The apotheosis of Newton in art / Francis Haskell -- Mechanical philosophy and hypothetical physiology / William Coleman -- The religious consequences of Newton's thought / John Herman Randall, Jr.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)187776
(OCoLC)ocm00187776
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