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The Investigation of Difficult Things

The Investigation of Difficult Things
Essays on Newton and the History of the Exact Sciences in Honour of D. T. Whiteside

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Bernard R. Goldstein, N. M. Swerdlow, Henk Bos, E. A. Fellman, P. E. Spargo, Karin Figala, Alan E. Shapiro, Bruce Brackenridge, A. Rupert Hall, Zev Bechler, Alan Gabbey, Bernard Cohen, David Fowler, Ronald Cowing, Lenore Feigenbaum, Curtis Wilson, Domenico Bertolini Meli, Jed Buchwald, Peter M. Harman, Jeremy Gray
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  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521892667

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  • This book is a collection of twenty original essays on the history of science and mathematics, written in honor of D.T. Whiteside. The topics covered embrace the main themes of Whiteside's scholarly work, emphasizing Newtonian topics including: mathematics and astronomy, Newton's manuscripts, Newton's Principia, Newton and eighteenth-century mathematics and physics, and optics and dynamics after Newton. The focus of these themes gives the volume considerable coherence, and these essays make available important original work on Newton and the history of the exact sciences.

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    "...a fitting tribute to a distinguished editor and a remarkable scholar. It will find its place in any good library for the history of science next to the eight volumes of 'The Mathematical Papers of Isaac Newton', which have become an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of scientific revolution." William R. Shea, Nature

    "...a valuable reference for those libraries that maintain a collection in the history of methematics and science." Clair G. Wood, Science Books and Films

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    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521892667
    • length: 548 pages
    • dimensions: 239 x 191 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Mathematics and Astronomy to Newton:
    1. Lunar velocity in the Ptolemaic tradition Bernard R. Goldstein
    2. The Sciametria from Kepler's Hipparchus N. M. Swerdlow
    3. Descartes, Pappus' problem, and the Cartesian parabola Henk Bos
    4. Honoré Fabry E. A. Fellman
    Part II. Newton's Manuscripts:
    5. Sotheby's Keyens and Yahuda P. E. Spargo:
    6. De Scriptoribus chemicis Karin Figala et al
    7. Beyond the dating game Alan Shapiro
    Part III. Newton's Principia:
    8. The critical role of curvature in Newton's developing dynamics Bruce Brackenridge
    9. Newton and the absolutes A. Rupert Hall
    8. Newton's ontology Zev Bechler
    10. Newton's mathematical principles of natural philosophy Alan Gabbey
    11. The review of the first edition of Newton's Principia in the Acta Eruditorum Bernard Cohen
    12. Newton, Cotes David Fowler
    Part IV. Newton and Eighteenth-Century Mathematics and Physics:
    14. A study of spirals Ronald Cowing
    15. The fragmentation of the European mathematical community Lenore Feigenbaum
    16. Euler on action at a distance and fundamental equations in continuum mechanics Curtis Wilson
    17. St Peter and the rotation of the Earth Domenico Bertolini Meli
    Part V. After Newton:
    18. Why Stokes never wrote a treatise on optics Jed Buchwald
    19. Maxwell and Saturn's rings Peter M. Harman
    20. Poincare, topological dynamics Jeremy Gray.

  • Editors

    Peter M. Harman, Lancaster University

    Alan E. Shapiro, University of Minnesota

    Contributors

    Bernard R. Goldstein, N. M. Swerdlow, Henk Bos, E. A. Fellman, P. E. Spargo, Karin Figala, Alan E. Shapiro, Bruce Brackenridge, A. Rupert Hall, Zev Bechler, Alan Gabbey, Bernard Cohen, David Fowler, Ronald Cowing, Lenore Feigenbaum, Curtis Wilson, Domenico Bertolini Meli, Jed Buchwald, Peter M. Harman, Jeremy Gray

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