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“Is he like other men?”: The meaning of the Principia mathematica, and the author as idol (1995)


Description “This paper links one aspect of the genealogy of Newton's Principia to the processes of self-fashioning which its author adopted. I examine how Newton prepared the Principia for publication during the mid-1680s in the light of his belief that the Ancients had once possessed the true religion and philosophy, and then lost it because of idolatrous tendencies. I demonstrate how he controlled accounts of the meaning of the Principia by selectively allowing access to himself and to his private notes.”

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Authors & Contributors
Theerman, Paul H.
Seeff, Adele F.
Westfall, Richard S.
Knoespel, Kenneth J.
Copenhaver, Brian P.
Rogers, G. A. J.
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Rivista di Filosofia
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Philosophia Naturalis
Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation
Journal of the History of Ideas
Clarendon Press
University of Delaware Press
Kluwer Academic
Kent State University
Explanation; hypotheses; theories
Mind and body
Newton, Isaac
Galilei, Galileo
More, Henry
Raphson, Joseph
Locke, John
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm von
British Isles
Scandinavia: Denmark, Sweden, Norway
17th century

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