Treatise Against an Opponent of Newton

Scope and Content

A defence of Sir Isaac Newton against the attack of George Gordon, made in Gordon's Remarks on the Newtonian philosophy, as propos'd by Sir Isaac Newton, in his Principia naturalis, and by Dr. Gregory, in his Principia astronomiae physicae (London, 1719). The treatise (47 pages) contains an examination of several of Newton's propositions, and Gordon's contradictions, with regard to centripetal forces, friction, projectile motion and gravity.

Administrative / Biographical History

The treatise is possibly by George Pirrie, who wrote A short treatise of the general laws of motion and centripetal forces; wherein Mr. Gordon's remarks on the Newtonian philosophy are confuted (Edinburgh, 1720).

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1991.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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