17 June 2008
[BERKELEY, George (1685-1753)]. The Analyst; or, a Discourse Addressed to an Infidel Mathematician. London; J. Tonson, 1734.
8o (198 x 122 mm). Errata on verso of last leaf. Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: a few early ink annotations in text; Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971), physicist and member of the Royal Society (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Berkeley's critique of Newton's theory of fluxions and the principles of calculus. Courting controversy with this work, Berkeley claims that the notion of infintesimals in calculus are contradictory and therefore these new ideas of mathematics are less intellectually secure than theology. The "Infidel Mathematician" in the title is thought to be Edmund Halley. Keynes 32.
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