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Single Idea 18079

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 2. Geometry]

Full Idea

The reduction of the problems of tangents, normals, curvature, maxima and minima were effected by Newton's kinematic approach to geometry.


'Kinematics' involve movement and change

Gist of Idea

Newton developed a kinematic approach to geometry


report of Isaac Newton (Principia Mathematica [1687]) by Philip Kitcher - The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge 10.1

Book Reference

Kitcher,Philip: 'The Nature of Mathematical Knowledge' [OUP 1984], p.232

A Reaction

This approach apparently contrasts with that of Leibniz.