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Steffen Ducheyne
University of Ghent
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Who’s the greatest of them all? A non-technical explication of Newton’s method in the Principia accompanied by some philosophical reflectionsIn this essay, I seek to explicate the methodology which Newton used in the Principia in a non-technical way. Close attention will be paid to some important results in Books I and III of the Principia and to Newton’s argument for universal gravitation. Based on their discussion, Newton’s key inferential strategies will be brought to the fore. In addition, it will be explained how Newton’s methodology differed from a standard hypothetico-deductive method.
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DOI 10.5117/antw2021.1.001.duch
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