Adriaen Verwer (1654/5-1717) and the First Edition of the Principia in the Dutch Republic

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The Amsterdam-based merchant and mathematics enthusiast Adriaen Verwer (1654/5-1717) was one of the few in the Dutch Republic to respond to the first edition of Newton's Principia (1687). Based on a close study of his published work, his correspondence with the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory (1659-1708), and his annotations in his own copy of the first edition of the Principia, I shall scrutinize the impact of Newton's ideas on Verwer's thinking. The proposed analysis, which will add nuance to earlier findings, also has broader implications for our understanding of the introduction of Newton's ideas in the Dutch Republic, as will be shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-505
Number of pages27
JournalNotes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2020


  • Isaac Newton
  • Adriaen Verwer
  • David Gregory
  • Baruch de Spinoza
  • , early Dutch ‘Newtonianism’


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