Chapter Twelve of Du Châtelet’s Institutions Paris Manuscript

On composite motion

We have recently added a twelfth chapter to our online edition of the Paris Manuscript of Du Châtelet’s Institutions de Physique. You can read the transcriptions of the chapter and a full introduction here.

From the Introduction by Pedro Pricladnitzky and Aaron Wells:

In later revisions, a new section (§ 293) is added in Du Châtelet’s own hand. This section concerns rotational motion, which is an important special case of composite motion, and presents special challenges for those (like Du Châtelet) who give a relationalist account of space.

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