AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVIII, No. 2, Fall 1996


Symposium on the Foundations of Newtonian Scholarship. To be held at the Royal Society, London, on Friday, March 21, 1997.

A symposium will be held in London at the Royal Society on March 21, 1997 to discuss recent developments in our understanding of Newton's scientific work. This meeting is sponsored jointly by the Royal Society and the History of Science Society. The talks presented at this symposium will cover some of the recent advances in our understanding of Newton's two great masterpieces, the Principia and the Opticks. To a great extent, these advances have been made possible by the editions published during the past 40 years of Newton's correspondence, mathematical and optical papers and variant readings of his Principia.

It is expected that this symposium will acquaint historians and philosophers of science and practicing scientists with these new developments, and that it will thereby stimulate further activity and progress in Newtonian Scholarship. The speakers will be J.B.Brackenridge, I.B.Cohen, A.Cook, A.R.Hall, M.Nauenberg, A.E. Shapiro, G.E. Smith, C.Wilson and D.T.Whiteside. This meeting is supported by grants from the Royal Society, History of Science Society and the National Science Foundation.

All are welcome to this symposium, but those intending to attend should contact one of the organizers for further particulars concerning the Symposium and its programme.

Organizing Committee:

J.B.Brackenridge, Professor of Physics, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Cambridge, MA., e-mail:

R.H.Dalitz, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Oxford University, e-mail:

M.Nauenberg, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz. CA. 95064, e-mail:, tel. 408-459-2736

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