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Œuvres complètes de Voltaire
Eléments de la philosophie de Newton
Volume: Œuvres complètes de Voltaire 15
Author: Voltaire

Volume editor(s): Robert L. Walters, W. H. Barber

Pagination: xxii + 805 pp., 1 ill., 1 pl., hb (relié)

Price: £125 / €140 / $164

  ISBN-13: 978-0-7294-0374-0

Description: The Eléments de la philosophie de Newton constitute Voltaire's most ambitious achievement in the field of scientific exposition, the climax of an enthusiasm for Newton and his discoveries, which had begun in London in the 1720s. Running counter to the Cartesian philosophical and scientific model which had prevailed in France since the 17th century, this astonishing work melded physics with poetry to make Newton’s ideas accessible and bring the French scientific community into the 18th century.