This contribution examines the circumstances of composition of the annotated edition of Newton’s Principia that was printed in Geneva in 1739–1742, which ran to several editions and was still in print in Britain in the mid-nineteenth century. This edition was the work of the Genevan Professor of Mathematics, Jean Louis Calandrini, and of two Minim friars based in Rome, Thomas Le Seur and François Jacquier. The study of the context in which this edition was conceived sheds light on the early reception of Newtonianism in Geneva and Rome. By taking into consideration the careers of Calandrini, Le Seur and Jacquier, as authors, lecturers and leading characters of Genevan and Roman cultural life, I will show that their involvement in the enterprise of annotating Newton’s Principia answered specific needs of Genevan and Roman culture. The publication and reception of the Genevan annotated edition has also a broader European dimension. Both Calandrini and Jacquier were in touch with the French république des lettres, most notably with Clairaut and Du Châtelet, and with the Bernoulli family in Basel. Therefore, this study is also relevant for the understanding of the dissemination of Newton’s ideas in Europe.
|Titolo:||Editing Newton in Geneva and Rome : the Annotated Edition of the Principia by Calandrini, Le Seur, and Jacquier|
|Parole Chiave:||Newtonianism; Geneva|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-STO/05 - Storia della Scienza e delle Tecniche|
|Data di pubblicazione:||lug-2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/00033790.2014.926393|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|