In 1734, the philosopher George Berkeley published a pamphlet, The Analyst, which criticised the foundations of the analysis used in the works of Newton and others. Many mathematicians published pamphlets in response, including James Jurin, Jacob Walton and Benjamin Robins. However the interpretations of the methods of Newton presented in the works of Robins and Jurin, and the Analyst controversy accordingly developed into a dispute between these two, conducted in the pages of The Present State of the Republick of Letters.

A number of pamphlets and other writings relevant to the Analyst controversy are available here, including works of the following:-

- Works by Isaac Newton relevant to the Analyst controversy, including extracts from the Principia and other works.
- The Analyst, by George Berkeley, together with two other pamphlets written in reply to pamphlets of James Jurin and Jacob Walton that set out to defend Isaac Newton from the criticisms contained in the Analyst.
- Two pamphlets written in
response to Berkeley by James Jurin, who wrote under the
pseudonym `Philalethes Cantabrigiensis'.

- Two pamphlets and an appendix by the Dublin mathematician Jacob Walton, written in response to Berkeley.
- A Discourse concerning the Nature and Certainty, of Sir Isaac Newton's Methods of Fluxions, and Prime and Ultimate Ratios by Benjamin Robins.
- Articles in The Present State of the Republick of Letters, in the controversy between Robins and Jurin concerning their different interpretations of the methods of Isaac Newton.

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