Mathematics and Worldviews: Newtonianism and Probability in the 18th Century

  • Jip Van Besouw (Invited speaker)

Activiteit: Talk at a public lecture/debate


The works of Isaac Newton, and especially his Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, turned “mathematics” into one of the buzzwords of 18th century intellectual culture. Philosophers were forced to deal with mathematics on several levels and Newton’s mathematical methodology was seen as a salutary example of scientific investigation by his followers. Because of this, much can be learned about mathematics and worldviews by tracing Newton’s reputation through the century. This talk addresses three of the more prominent uses of Newton’s name throughout the 18th century, namely: (1) to refer to specific forms of scientific inquiry; (2) to attract audiences for the commercialization of natural knowledge; and (3) to denote various metaphysical views of nature that were inspired by Newton’s Principia.
Periode14 jun 2019
Evenementstitel A Cultural History of Mathematics in the 18th Century
LocatiePotsdam, Germany
Mate van erkenningInternational