Karin Verelst

Affiliation: 

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The Correspondence between Huygens, Leibniz and Fatio de Duillier

The correspondence between the two main mechanist natural philosophers of the end of the seventeenth century and a close friend of Newton’s has hitherto received surpisingly little attention. In this contribution I present this correspondence, of which I am preparing a one-volume, commented edition, in its nature and scope. It took place over the crucial period between 1687 and 1695 (death of Huygens), in which Newton envisaged a new edition of his Principia, to be edited by Fatio de Duillier, and later on by David Gregory, who got connected to this exchange as well.