Newton for ladies: gentility, gender and radical culture

@article{Mazzotti2004NewtonFL,
  title={Newton for ladies: gentility, gender and radical culture},
  author={M. Mazzotti},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={37},
  pages={119-146}
}
  • M. Mazzotti
  • Published 2004
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Francesco Algarotti's Newtonianism for Ladies (1737), a series of lively dialogues on optics, was a landmark in the popularization of Newtonian philosophy. In this essay I shall explore Algarotti's sociocultural world, his aims and ambitions, and the meaning he attached to his own work. In particular I shall focus on Algarotti's self-promotional strategies, his deployment of gendered images and his use of popular philosophy within the broader cultural and experimental campaign for the success… Expand
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Algarotti refers to the problem of Molyneux and then, with a coup de théatre, offers the Figure 3. Allegory from the titlepage of Caritea. From F
  • Algarotti refers to the problem of Molyneux and then, with a coup de théatre, offers the Figure 3. Allegory from the titlepage of Caritea. From F