My thesis is not a biography, but it explores the works of Petrus van Musschenbroek (1692-1761), professor of physics (natural philosophy), mathematics and philosophy in Duisburg (1719-1723), Utrecht (1723-1739) and Leiden (1740-1761). In particular attention is given to his role as a defender and propagator of Newtonianism in relation to his colleague Willem Jacob 's Gravesande (1688-1742), who was the first to teach Newtonian physics on the continent of Europe. I investigated Musschenbroek's magnetical and capillary researches, aiming to find laws of attraction. I also examined his physico-theology.
|Place of Publication||Utrecht|
|Publication status||Published - 1979|