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Pour une Biographie intellectuelle de Colin Maclaurin (1698-1746) : ou l'obstination mathématicienne d'un newtonien

Abstract : Colin Maclaurin is an important Scottish mathematician for the intellectual, social and political life of Scotland. According to him, the evidence and certainty of Mathematics justify their use in other fields of knowledge. Hence, we demonstrate how he uses them in physics, astronomy, theology and other fields. More over, we show how his reading of Newton evolves, and how he changes from the status of a disciple to commentator and later on, a researcher with his own conceptions. Finally, the global study of his work enables us to identify strength lines in his production : a will for foundations, especially in algebra and in the « method of Fluxions » ; a precise and personal usage of geometry ; and a reciprocal application of geometry and algebra. We analyze multiple results which were obtained thanks to this maclaurinian approach of mathematics.
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Olivier Bruneau. Pour une Biographie intellectuelle de Colin Maclaurin (1698-1746) : ou l'obstination mathématicienne d'un newtonien. Histoire. Université de Nantes, 2005. Français. ⟨tel-00011874⟩

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