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Tyrone Lai

 

 

Did Newton Renounce Infinitesimals?

 

 

 

Abstract

De Morgan, in an article published in 1852, advanced the thesis that Newton "renounces and abjures" the infinitely small quantity in 1704.  My paper seeks to establish that Newton did not;  that infinitesimals in fact formed part of the foundation of his method of fluxions;  and that, in addition, they were elements in his general ontology.

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