Isaac Newton | Critical Essay by Henry Guerlac

This literature criticism consists of approximately 43 pages of analysis & critique of Isaac Newton.
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Critical Essay by Henry Guerlac

SOURCE: "Newton on the Continent: The Early Reception of His Physical Thought," in Newton on the Continent, Cornell University Press, 1981, pp. 41-73.

In the following essay, Guerlac investigates the nature of Newton's reputation in France prior to 1699 and reassesses the view held by some critics that, prior to 1738, there was great opposition between individuals who advocated Newton's physical theories and those who propounded the theories of René Descartes.

Besides the technical study of Newton's achievements in mathematics, optics, and dynamics, there is a phase of Newtonian scholarship which has attracted renewed interest and which we may call the "influence," the "reception," or the "legacy" of Newton. This is ambiguous, of course, for there are at least two ways in which the subject can be viewed: we can consider Newton's reception by his learned contemporaries or his influence upon his...

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