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Author Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727.

Title The Principia : mathematical principles of natural philosophy / Isaac Newton ; a new translation by I. Bernard Cohen and Anne Whitman, assisted by Julia Budenz ; preceded by a guide to Newton's Principia by I. Bernard Cohen.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1999]


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Uniform title Principia. English
Physical description xvii, 974 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A Guide to Newton's Principia. Ch. 1. A Brief History of the Principia. Ch. 2. Translating the Principia. Ch. 3. Some General Aspects of the Principia. Ch. 4. Some Fundamental Concepts of the Principia. Ch. 5. Axioms, or the Laws of Motion. Ch. 6. The Structure of Book 1. Ch. 7. The Structure of Book 2. Ch. 8. The Structure of Book 3. Ch. 9. The Concluding General Scholium. Ch. 10. How to Read the Principia. Ch. 11. Conclusion -- The Principia (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy). Halley's Ode to Newton. Newton's Preface to the First Edition. Newton's Preface to the Second Edition. Cotes's Preface to the Second Edition. Newton's Preface to the Third Edition. Definitions. Axioms, or the Laws of Motion -- Bk. 1. The Motion of Bodies -- Bk. 2. The Motion of Bodies -- Bk. 3. The System of the World -- General Scholium.
Summary 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 physics continues to account for many of the phenomena of the observed world, and Newtonian celestial dynamics is used to determine the orbits of our space vehicles.
This completely new English translation, the first in two hundred and seventy years, is based on the third (1726) edition, the final revised version approved by Newton; it also includes extracts from the earlier editions. Correcting errors found in earlier versions and replacing archaic English with contemporary prose and up-to-date mathematical forms, this translation clearly and accurately presents Newton's ideas and mathematical reasoning.
Newton's principles describe acceleration, deceleration, and inertial movement; fluid dynamics; and the motions of the earth, moon, planets, and comets. A great work in itself, the Principia also revolutionized the methods of scientific investigation. It set forth the fundamental three laws of motion and the law of universal gravity, the physical principles that account for the Copernican system of the world as emended by Kepler, thus effectively ending controversy concerning the Copernican planetary system. The principles of Newtonian mechanics, as set forth in the Principia, charted an original way of developing new theories to fit the evidence of experiment and observation.
The illuminating Guide to thePrincipia by I. Bernard Cohen, along with his and Anne Whitman's translation, will make this preeminent work truly accessible for today's scientists, scholars, and students. With this publication, what is arguably the most important single book in the history of science is given new life for present and future readers.
Other author Cohen, I. Bernard, 1914-2003.
Whitman, Anne Miller, 1937-1984.
Subject Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727. Principia.
Mechanics -- Early works to 1800.
Celestial mechanics -- Early works to 1800.
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