Principia Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

ISBN-10: 0520088174
ISBN-13: 9780520088177
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 994
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

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 translation, the first in 270 years, is based on the third (1726) edition, the final revised version approved by Newton; it includes extracts from the earlier editions, corrects errors found in earlier versions, and replaces archaic English with contemporary prose and up-to-date mathematical forms. 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 illuminating Guide to the Principia 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.

Born in Far Rockaway, New York, I. Bernard Cohen earned degrees from Harvard University. He holds the distinction of being the first person in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in the history of science. Later, Cohen established the History of Science Department at Harvard. Cohen has received many fellowships and has won the George Sarton Medal, awarded by the History of Science Society. Cohen is an author and editor, known for his books about Sir Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin.

Preface
A Guide to Newton's Principia
Contents of the Guide
Abbreviations
A Brief History of the Principia
Translating the Principia
Some General Aspects of the Principia
Some Fundamental Concepts of the Principia
Axioms, or the Laws of Motion
The Structure of Book 1
The Structure of Book 2
The Structure of Book 3
The Concluding General Scholium
How to Read the Principia
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
The Motion of Bodies
The Motion of Bodies
The System of the World
General Scholium
Contents of the Principia
Index of Names

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