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Newton's Principia: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,458 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Paperback, 594 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published July 5th 1686)
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Of course I have never read the entire text of this monumental work. I did read several parts of it in the period 1972-1974 when I was studying the History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne, and still have the two volume paperback set printed by the University of California Press in 1974 (originally published by UC in 1934).

There are a lot of mathematical proofs scattered throughout the volumes, which were mostly less interesting to me than parts I could read as simply l
Mar 24, 2010 Patrice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What did i learn from this book?

I finally learned why Newton is a genius. Why the planets stay in orbit. Why reason finally and forever took the place of authority. I learned when science was once and for all declared the way to "know". I learned why calculus is necessary and why Newton invented it. I learned why math is the language of the universe. I learned why geometry is so important.

I am in awe of Newton. Everything and everyone who followed him was influenced by him. Not just in the scien
Aug 05, 2013 Conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, A Clarification: The publication I have is the hardcover revision by Florian Cajori of Andrew Motte's 1729 English translation, copyrighted in 1934 by the Regents of the University of California, and published by UC Berkeley and UCLA Press.

I should also note that, although I have read Newton's Principia several times over several years and for various reasons, I doubt I have ever completed the whole book. To do so would be advisable only under limited circumstances.

For whatever reason, Ne
Feb 24, 2009 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I tried. But this is Newton using geometry to explain the calculus behind his theory of gravity. Every few pages, between the charts and equations, he writes a one or two sentence introduction to the proposition about to be proved. I understood those. Mostly. And I could see this is where Newton’s Laws of Motions come from. His proofs are beyond me though.

Interestingly, one of the few other things I could understand, beyond his Preface, was the General Scholium at the end. After describing the h
Chris Duval
The original book is one of the foundational books for modernity, expounding both mechanics and the calculus while explaining astronomy. (The little digression at the end into theology can be ignored.)
One can imagine an e-edition of this book where, as one reads the description of the ratio of this or that, the relevant lines on the diagram were highlighted. Even better, when areas are described by line segments belonging to the same line, the e-edition could add a side diagram with links to the
Jan 21, 2016 Leftbanker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newton unleashed one of the most startling scientific undertakings in history with his seemingly simple question posed in this hallowed treatise: what would happen if seven people representing various socio-economic strata of American life were stranded together on a desert island? In the centuries since the publication of this philosophical juggernaut men have agonized over the fundamental question of whether to sleep with Ginger or Mary Ann…but what about the old broad? Why doesn’t anyone go t ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Dipesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Newton's followers
Recommended to Dipesh by: Sir Issac Newton
- an ingenious and energetic builder who's astonishingly brilliant at composing gorgeous monuments of the most intensely clever design. Sometimes these appear as great books like the Principia itself. Sometimes they appear in experiments. But we would be wrong to look for a single key which unlocks the whole mystery of Isaac Newton.

The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1729) ... An English translation by Andrew Motte, based on the 1726 3rd edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia
Jeff Gabriel
I don't want to create a whole new shelf for this, but I didn't read it - I gave up after reading as far as I could. My giving up has nothing to do of course with this historical book of the highest importance. However, given that the subject is complex and the language arcane I am afraid I would need an interpreter for both concept and language.

I'll stick to learning my physics from more modern sources. I love reading original sources, and for the things I could grasp this book was very intrigu
Jun 27, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book stands as one of the great monuments of science. If you can peer through the ponderous geometric proofs of Newton's physical principles, there is an elegance to his theories that transcends mere science and mathematics and touches the sublime! He actually formulated his theories using his newly-invented methods of Calculus, but few educated readers of his day understood the Calculus, so he proved his ideas using the methods of geometry (which all educated persons knew). We owe much of ...more
Sep 08, 2007 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard going since Newton was so shy about using easy calculus when hard analytic geometry could do the job. Still, this is one of the most important books ever written and anyone with an interest in the history of science (or in seeing Newton draw up an epistemology at the start of book three to keep his critics from savaging him like they did with his Optics) should carve out a few months, get a bunch of paper, and go to.
Angelo Sobhy
Jul 26, 2015 Angelo Sobhy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Therefore, He was a real genius.
Sir Isaac Newton,
Pranav Jeevan
Feb 13, 2015 Pranav Jeevan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To see how the great man thought...
Nwe Mon
Dec 14, 2014 Nwe Mon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book helps me a lot.
Jan 02, 2008 Dorotea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can top this?!? Laws of motion. F=ma rules! (Though quantum mechanics have proven it to be fundamentally false.) And calculus?!? Pure genius. The thought of one human mind creating such an elegant tool to calculate everything from force to economics to anything requiring calculations of rate of change 'almost' makes being human worthwhile. Poetry at its most finest. Almost makes one believe there must be a god.
Lane Wilkinson
Jan 04, 2008 Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
It is a rare pleasure to sit down and read a book upon which your entire culture owes its existence. This would be a five star book, but I threw the other star ninja-style at the editor who gave primacy to Hawking's name on the binding.
Dec 16, 2013 Candy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: logic-math
Newton interjects philosophy and debate into math, making theory easier to accept than when handed down for rote memorization in textbooks hundreds of years later.
Feb 12, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An open door into the mind of the man who revolutionized the way to think about mathematics and physical science. It is technical.
Feb 24, 2011 Germancho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listed
Who am I kidding? I never read more than 10 pages of this masterpiece of arcane physics. Still, a book for the millenia.
Tony Go
Apr 29, 2014 Tony Go rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is epic. I once spilled glucosamine on it and my soul was ripped from my body by a jealous god.
Andrew Venegas
Mar 27, 2014 Andrew Venegas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the densest books that I've ever read, but also the most elegant and structured.
May 14, 2014 June rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a feeling that I've learnt nothing abt math the past 15 years....
Elliott Bignell
Jan 19, 2016 Elliott Bignell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I have committed heresy by withholding the fifth star from this most pivotal of all science works, I should start by pointing out how I have tried to weight my valuation. The work is great. The work is important. The work is thorough. The work is a paragon of clarity. By all these means it would be easy to give it a five-star rating. The problem is that no-one will care what some amateur on the web thinks of the greatest piece of scientific writing of all time, so I am also weighting what I p ...more
Sep 09, 2013 Jamie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Isaac Newton is certainly a genius, not that I can validate his many claims. In fact, most of this text was very difficult for me to understand and my free Kindle version had a number of grammatical errors that further complicated matters. The book is in three parts and while the first and second books are very dense with calculations and theories, I still think they help to provide an important foundation for the extrapolations made in the third book. If you don't have the patience and pref ...more
Martin Felando
Mar 21, 2016 Martin Felando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent way to develop your mind. I didn't understand much of it, but during my effort to understand I developed a clearer mind. It is a series of complex proofs that establish a number of things, including how objects move.
Iso Cambia
Referenced in A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (p. 4).
This book must be among the pillars underlying modern thought since it first introduced calculus. The middle part is very dry, as Newton himself admits. But it is fun to read Newton's Laws of Motion as he originally wrote them and how he arrived at them. For instance, I remember one of my high school teachers saying somthing about when we state Newton's third law it is pretty short, but Newton was very long winded and technical. Not so! "To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction. ...more
Of all the revisions, this Principia is in my opinion the most objective text. Many authors speak as to what Sir Isaac Newton might have been thinking. I find this to be an exploitation of Newton's work as he comprehensively explains what & how he's thinking no asides needed. . I still prefer the Latin version, but of the English versions, this is by far my favorite.
Daniel Lopez
Dec 11, 2011 Daniel Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible book with an equal-sized prologue.
Includes a lots of explanations about theorems, controversy and so on.
Just for the sake of having the demonstration of Universal Gravitational Law, and his famous "hyphotesis non fingo", makes this book worth having.
Jon Gauthier
Dec 28, 2012 Jon Gauthier marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, science
A coworker gave me this. Yes, the Latin version. Should be a nice struggle. :)
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Principia editors contributions? 1 5 Dec 25, 2012 08:45PM  
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  • Elements of Chemistry
  • Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems
  • The Works of Archimedes
  • Essays on the Theory of Numbers
  • Experimental Researches in Electricity
  • On Formally Undecidable Propositions of Principia Mathematica and Related Systems
  • The Geometry of René Descartes: with a Facsimile of the First Edition
  • Experiments in Plant Hybridisation
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  • The Enneads
  • The Meaning of Relativity

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Sir Isaac Newton, FRS , was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and alchemist. His Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, published in 1687, is considered to be the most influential book in the history of science. In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated ...more
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