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John Fauvel, Raymond Flood, and Robin Wilson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199681976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.001.0001

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Oxford’s Newtonian school

Oxford’s Newtonian school

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Allan Chapman

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199681976.003.0008

This chapter describes the spread of Newtonianism in Oxford in the early 18th century, with particular reference to the contributions of David Gregory, John Desaguliers, James Bradley, and Nathaniel Bliss (Bradley’s successor as Savilian Professor of Astronomy and Astronomer Royal). In particular, we mention Bradley’s discovery of aberration and nutation, and his effectiveness as a University teacher.

Keywords:   18th-century Oxford, 18th-century astronomy, Newtonianism, David Gregory, James Bradley, Nathaniel Bliss

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