Newton and British Newtonians on the Foundations of the Calculus

  • Niccolò Guicciardini
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 136)


As is well known, Newton, working in perfect and splendid isolation while still a young scholar at Trinity, discovered the “new analysis” that is to say, he developed what we recognize today as the basic rules of the calculus. It is not my purpose here to trace the history of this discovery and of its developments in Newton’s published works and manuscripts. At the risk of oversimplifying the complexities of the vast amount of material presented in such an admirable manner by Whiteside in his eight volume edition of Newton’s mathematical papers, I shall outline what seem to me to have been the turning points in Newton’s research into the foundations of the calculus.


Eighteenth Century Limit Procedure Ultimate Ratio Infinitesimal Interval Mathematical Quantity 
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