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Newton and the Origin of Civilization$
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Jed Z. Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154787

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154787.001.0001

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The War on Newton in France

The War on Newton in France

(p.353) 11 The War on Newton in France
Newton and the Origin of Civilization

Jed Z. Buchwald

Mordechai Feingold

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the French response to Isaac Newton’s The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms. Among these is the critique by Jesuit Etienne Souciet. Souciet divided his remarks into five “dissertations. ” The first tries to counter “astronomical proofs”; the second provides “historical” arguments; the third uses medallions to counter Newton’s dating; the fourth critiques his use of regnal lengths; and the fifth, which is by far the longest, addresses Newton’s response to the Abrégé, while advancing Souciet’s own theory. The principal target of Souciet’s attack concerned the locations of the cardinal points.

Keywords:   Isaac Newton, astronomical chronology, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms, France, Etienne Souciet, cardinal points

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