Philip Catton, senior lecturer in philosophy at the University of Canterbury, will present a talk on "Newton's Diagrams." By the time he wrote Principia, Newton had been using calculus for years, but surprisingly enough, it makes no appearance in Principia. Instead, Newton demonstrated his conclusions using diagrams. It has long been thought that the Newton used diagrams for purely pedagogical reasons. Catton will challenge this interpretation. He will discuss why diagrams were indispensable to Newton's reasoning and why that should be appreciated in order to understand Newton's thinking as a whole.
The lecture is sponsored by MSU Department of History and Philosophy and the Department of Physics.
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