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# The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

In his monumental 1687 work

*Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica*, known familiarly as the*Principia*, Isaac Newton laid out in mathematical terms the principles of time, force, and motion that have guided the development of modern physical science. Even after more than three centuries and the revolutions of Einsteinian relativity and quantum mechanics, Newtonian phy ...morePaperback, 991 pages

Published
October 20th 1999
by University of California Press
(first published July 5th 1686)

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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 ...more

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 ...more

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Interestingly, one of the few other things I could understand, beyond his Preface, was the General Scholium at the end. After describing the h ...more

Aug 05, 2013
Conrad
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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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

Jan 19, 2014
Dipesh
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Newton's followers

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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 ...more

The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (1729) ... An English translation by Andrew Motte, based on the 1726 3rd edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia ...more

Jul 20, 2014
Iso Cambia
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Referenced in

*A Brief History of Time*by Stephen Hawking (p. 4).
Dec 28, 2012
Jon Gauthier
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A coworker gave me this. Yes, the Latin version. Should be a nice struggle. :)

Mar 13, 2012
Barbara
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tough reading never actually finished it

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Sir Isaac Newton, FRS , was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, and alchemist. His

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