Foundations of Physics

Émilie Du Châtelet, 1740 (first edition)


You will find below the chapters of the Foundations translated by the Notre Dame Du Châtelet group. Several chapters have already been translated by Isabelle Bour and Judith Zinsser, and Chapter 9 has been translated by Lydia Patton. All remaining chapters will be found below.

This is a work-in-progress: please send suggestions for improving the translation, and for footnotes, to Katherine Brading at kbrading@nd.edu.


Preface. Trans. Bour and Zinsser.

Chapter 1. Of the Principles of Our Knowledge. Trans. Bour and Zinsser.

Chapter 2. Of the Existence of God. Trans. Bour and Zinsser.

Chapter 3. Of Essence, Attributes and Modes. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 4. Of Hypotheses. Trans. Bour and Zinsser.

Chapter 5. Of Space. Available here.

Chapter 6. Of Time. Trans. Bour and Zinsser.

Chapter 7. Of the Elements of Matter. Trans. Bour and Zinsser. Previously untranslated passages forthcoming.

Chapter 8. Of the Nature of Bodies. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 9. Of the Divisibility of Matter. Trans. Patton.

Chapter 10. Of the Shape and Porosity of Bodies. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 11. Of Motion and Rest in General; and of Simple Motion. Trans. Bour and Zinsser. Previously untranslated passages forthcoming.

Chapter 12. Of Complex Motion. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 13. Of Gravity. Translationg forthcoming.

Chapter 14. Continuing on the Phenomena of Gravity. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 15. Of Mr. Newton's Discoveries on Gravity. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 16. Of Newtonian Attraction. Trans. Bour and Zinsser.

Chapter 17. Of Rest, and the Fall of Bodies on an Inclined Plane. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 18. Of the Oscillation of Pendulums. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 19. Of the Movement of Projectiles. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 20. Of Force mortes, or Pressing Forces, and the Equilibrium of Forces. Translation forthcoming.

Chapter 21. Of the Force of Bodies. Trans. Bour and Zinsser. Previously untranslated passages forthcoming.