The Reception of Isaac Newton in Europe

Project Description

Isaac Newton (1642 resp. 1643 – 1727) is rightly regarded as one of the greatest scientists and mathematicians of all times. His contributions to the development of the calculus, the foundations of rational mechanics and gravitational theory and his discoveries in optics are landmarks in the history of modern science. Beyond his scientific achievements, his reflections on scientific method and the basic concepts of natural philosophy had an enormous impact on the philosophy of science. It nearly goes without saying that Newton’s thinking became an integral part of the enlightenment and of the modern history of ideas in general.

The international project „The Reception of Isaac Newton in Europe“ is part of the series „Reception of British Authors in Europe“ (Series Editor: Elinor Shaffer, Institute of Germanic Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London). The series includes literary and political figures, as well as philosophers, historians and scientists. Each volume examines the ways in which selected authors have been translated, published, distributed, read, reviewed and discussed in Europe. In doing so it throws light not only on the specific strands of intellectual and cultural history but also on the processes involved in the dissemination of ideas and of texts.

More than 40 authors from all over Europe, the United states and Canada will be involved in the project. It will cover up the reception of Newton’s whole work, i. e. his mathematics, physics, philosophy and religious thinking, and it will take into account the different receptions in different European contexts: The editorial plan considers about 10 articles for different countries and regions, more than 20 articles for the different research areas and themata and about 15 articles for Newton’s impact on outstanding scientists and philosophers (as, for example, I. Kant, G. W. Hegel or A. Einstein).

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Persons in charge and editors of the project


Scott Mandelbrote (Cambridge)
Helmut Pulte (Bochum)

Isaac Newton