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The Cambridge Companion to Newton

Takes account of the latest research from the past fifteen years to provide an up-to-date overview
Explains Newton's work on alchemy, physics, religion and mathematics with new chapters that reflect the full range of Newton's output
Includes new and updated chapters as well as a new preface and introduction and a revised bibliography

Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

By: Rob Iliffe (Editor), George E Smith (Editor)

530 pages, 27 b/w illustrations, 2 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2016 | Edition: 2 | #226902 | ISBN-13: 9781107601741
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Hardback | Apr 2016 | Edition: 2 | #226901 | ISBN-13: 9781107015463
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About this book

Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was one of the greatest scientists of all time, a thinker of extraordinary range and creativity who has left enduring legacies in mathematics and physics. While most famous for his Principia, his work on light and colour, and his discovery of the calculus, Newton devoted much more time to research in chemistry and alchemy, and to studying prophecy, church history and ancient chronology. This new edition of The Cambridge Companion to Newton provides authoritative introductions to these further dimensions of his endeavours as well as to many aspects of his physics. It includes a revised bibliography, a new introduction and six new chapters: three updating previous chapters on Newton's mathematics, his chemistry and alchemy and the reception of his religious views; and three entirely new, on his religion, his ancient chronology and the treatment of continuous and discontinuous forces in his second law of motion.


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Contents

Preface to the new edition Rob Iliffe and George E. Smith
Introduction Rob Iliffe and George E. Smith
1. Newton's philosophical analysis of space and time Robert DiSalle
2. Newton's concepts of force and mass, with notes on the laws of motion Bernard Cohen
3. Instantaneous impulse and continuous force: the foundations of Newton's Principia Bruce Pourciau
4. The methodology of the Principia George E. Smith
5. Newton's argument for universal gravitation William Harper
6. Newton and celestial mechanics Curtis Wilson
7. Newton's optics and atomism Alan E. Shapiro
8. Newton's metaphysics Howard Stein
9. A brief introduction to the mathematical work of Isaac Newton Niccolò Guicciardini
10. Newton and the Mechanical Philosophy Alan Gabbey
11. A preliminary reassessment of Newton's alchemy William R. Newman
12. The religion of Isaac Newton Rob Iliffe
13. Isaac Newton historian Mordechai Feingold
14. Newton and eighteenth century Christianity Scott Mandelbrote
15. Newton and the Leibniz–Clarke correspondence Domenico Bertoloni Meli


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Biography

Rob Iliffe is Professor of Intellectual History and History of Science at the University of Sussex. George E. Smith is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University.


Contributors:
- Rob Iliffe
- George E. Smith
- Robert DiSalle
- Bernard Cohen
- Bruce Pourciau
- William Harper
- Curtis Wilson
- Alan E. Shapiro
- Howard Stein
- Niccolò Guicciardini
- Alan Gabbey
- William R. Newman
- Mordechai Feingold
- Scott Mandelbrote
- Domenico Bertoloni Meli

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