Emilie du Châtelet's 'Institutions de physique' as a document in the history of French Newtonianism

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dc.contributor.author Hutton, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-11T14:42:53Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-11T14:42:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11-11
dc.identifier.citation Hutton , S 2008 , ' Emilie du Châtelet's 'Institutions de physique' as a document in the history of French Newtonianism ' History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 35(3) , pp. 515-531 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0039-3681
dc.identifier.other PURE: 92412
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1023
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1023
dc.description Hutton, S. (2004). Emilie du Châtelet's 'Institutions de physique' as a document in the history of French Newtonianism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 35(3), pp.515-531. en
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses the contribution of Madame Du Châtelet to the reception of Newtonianism in France prior to her translation of Newton¿s Principia. It focuses on her Institutions de physique, a work normally considered for its contribution to the reception of Leibniz in France. By comparing the different editions of the Institutions, I argue that her interest in Newton antedated her interest in Leibniz, and that she did not see Leibniz¿s metaphysics as incompatible with Newtonian science. Her Newtonianism can be seen to be in the course of development between 1738 and 1742 and it was shaped by contemporary French debates (for example the vis viva controversy) and the achievement of French Newtonians like Maupertuis in confirming his theories. Her Institutions therefore is linked to the same drive to disseminate Newtonianism undertaken by popularisations such as Voltaire¿s Elements de la philosophie de Newton and Algarotti¿s Newtonianismo per le dame. en
dc.format.extent 17 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof History and Philosophy of Science Part A. 35(3) en
dc.title Emilie du Châtelet's 'Institutions de physique' as a document in the history of French Newtonianism en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of English and Creative Writing en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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