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Analytical Mechanics Goes Public: “La Querelle des infiniment petits”

J.B. Shank

in Before Voltaire: The French Origins of "Newtonian" Mechanics, 1680-1715

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226509297
eISBN:
9780226509327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226509327.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Varignon’s continued development of analytic mechanics after 1700 is explored, and since his apparent debt to Newton's Principia seems greatest here, its sources are revisited, concluding again that ... More


The Newtonian Sources of Analytical Mechanics

J.B. Shank

in Before Voltaire: The French Origins of "Newtonian" Mechanics, 1680-1715

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226509297
eISBN:
9780226509327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226509327.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at the immediate influence of the Principia in germinating analytical mechanics. The first French review of the treatise in the Journal des savants in 1688 is analyzed, showing how ... More


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