Karin Verelst


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.