History and philosophy of science. Currently working on a book comparing the intellectual development of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Particular attention is being paid to their early philosophical thinking as well as their thoughts on the nature of science, mathematics, and the relation of religion to science. In addition he is close to completing an edition of an early Newton notebook. This notebook, now in the Morgan Library, contains information regarding Newton's earliest introduction to science and bears on the development of intellectual interests that would be with him for the remainder of his life.
Courses Recently Taught
British Empiricists (Fall 2001)
Certain Philosophical Questions: Newton's Trinity Notebook. J. E. McGuire and Martin Tamny. xii+519pp. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.
"Atomism and the Mechanical Philosophy," in Companion to the History of Modern Science, eds. R. C. Olby, G. N. Cantor, J. R. R. Christie and M. J. S. Hodge (London and New York: Routledge, 1990), pp. 597-609.
"Rationality and Science," in Rationality in Thought and Action, eds. Martin Tamny and K. D. Irani (New York: Greenwood Press, 1986), pp. 75-86.
"Newton's Astronomical Apprenticeship 1664/65," Isis, with J. E. McGuire, 76 (September 1985) 349-65.
"Newton, Creation, and Perception," Isis, 70 (March 1979) 48-58.