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The Life of Isaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall

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12

The Priority Dispute

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELL BEFORE THE CONTESTED EDITION of Flamsteed’s Historia coelestis in 1712 brought that episode to a temporary conclusion, two new concerns, which would dominate Newton’s life for more than five years, had imposed themselves upon him. In 1709, work began in earnest on a second edition of the Principia. In the spring of 1711, a letter from Leibniz to Hans Sloane, secretary of the Royal Society, inaugurated a heated controversy over claims of priority in the invention of the calculus. Moreover, a fourth problem of great import for Newton was also taking form. Already an ugly scene with Craven Peyton, the warden of the Mint,had signaled a deterioration of their relations which culminated in a major crisis in ...

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