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“Newton Dépossédé!” The British Response to the Pascal Forgeries of 1867

Higgitt, Rebekah F. (2004) “Newton Dépossédé!” The British Response to the Pascal Forgeries of 1867. British Journal for the History of Science, 36 (4). pp. 437-453. ISSN 0007-0874. E-ISSN 1474-001X. (doi:10.1017/S0007087403005144) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Between 1867 and 1869 Michel Chasles presented a series of manuscripts to the Académie des sciences, which suggested that Isaac Newton's claims to original discovery were unfounded. It quickly became apparent to the majority of the academicians that the manuscripts were forgeries, but Chasles was repeatedly allowed to state his case. This essay focuses on the responses to the affair from four British men of science: David Brewster, Augustus De Morgan, Robert Grant and Thomas Archer Hirst. It asks why they felt it necessary to add their voices to this debate and examines their various strategies for refuting Chasles's evidence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0007087403005144
Subjects: D History General and Old World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: M.R.L. Hurst
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2016 12:03 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53943 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Higgitt, Rebekah F.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9387-4150
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