Equivalence and Priority: Newton versus Leibniz: including Leibnizs Unpublished Manuscript on the…

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byDomenico Bertoloni Meli

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Leibniz's dispute with Newton over the physico-mathematical theories expounded in the Principia Mathematica (1687) have long been identified as a crucial episode in the history of science. Dr. Bertoloni Meli examines several hitherto unpublished manuscripts in Leibniz's own hand illustratinghis first reading of and reaction to Newton's Principia. Six of the most important manuscripts are here edited for the first time. Contrary to Leibniz's own claims, this new evidence shows that he had studied Newton's masterpiece before publishing An Essay on the Causes of Celestial Motions. Thisarticle, representing his response to Newton, is included here in English translation. Dr. Bertoloni Meli analyses the important implications of this episode on a variety of themes ranging from priority claims to the mathematization of nature in the seventeenth century. Besides providing a carefulstudy of Leibniz's style and strategy, the author examines how our perception of Newton's achievement is affected and the reception of the rival theories by the mathematical community around 1700. "Bertoloni's book provides a very detailed and deep analysis of Leibniz's calculus and dynamics byfocusing on a consistent and important set of previously unknown manuscripts..." Niccolo Guicciardini, Universita de Bologna "...Equivalence and Priority is a major contribution to our understanding of the development of mathematical physics in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century."Daniel Garber, University of Chigago

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Leibniz's dispute with Newton over the physico-mathematical theories expounded in the Principia Mathematica (1687) have long been identified as a crucial episode in the history of science. Dr. Bertoloni Meli examines several hitherto unpublished manuscripts in Leibniz's own hand illustratinghis first reading of and reaction to Newton's...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

General introduction1. Astronomy and the Keplerian programme2. Vortices and fluids: from gravity to elasticity3. Geometry and the calculus4. Mathematical representations of motion and force5. The private itinerary6. Publication7. Reflections on Leibniz's theory and its development8. A reappraisal of Newton's itinerary9. The Reception of Newtonian and Leibnizian theoriesAppendix OneAppendix TwoAppendix ThreeAbbreviationsIndex

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`The book presents a lucidly written insight into the development of mathematical physics around the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth century and to the background of the analysis of Leibniz's reactions to Newton's Principia... The book provides an interesting reading and can be warmlyrecommended not only to those wishing to understand many facets of the Newton Leibniz rivalry, but to general readers with an interest in the history of mathematics.'European Mathematical Society Newsletter, June 1998, issue 28