Steffen Ducheyne


Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science - Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Petrus van Musschenbroek’s Appropriation of Newton’s Natural-Philosophical Methodology

Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1762) has rightfully been considered as an important trailblazer in the diffusion of Newtonianism on the Continent. Together with W. J. ‘s Gravesande, he helped to establish teaching of Newton’s natural philosophy within the university curriculum and the textsbooks which he wrote were of vital importance in its spread and popularization. On the face of it, there are good reasons for portraying Musschenbroek as a ‘Newtonian’. Musschenbroek spent time in England where he became acquainted with Newton, his natural philosophy, and his disciples.