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The Cambridge Companion to Newton (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) Paperback – 21 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (21 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521656966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521656962
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'… the quality of the scholarship is consistently high and often illuminating … there is a very well organized bibliography, offering an excellent guide for further study … This volume is consciously aimed at distinguishing Newton from the legend, and it does so admirably.' British Journal for the History of Philosophy

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Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was one of the greatest scientists of all time, a thinker of extraordinary range and creativity who has left enduring legacies in mathematics and the natural sciences. In this volume a team of distinguished contributors examines all the main aspects of Newton's thought.

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Newton's concepts of "absolute space," "absolute time," and "absolute motion" met with serious objections from such philosophical contemporaries as Huygens, Leibniz, and Berkeley. Read the first page
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0 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Hudson on 29 Aug. 2010
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This may well be a fine e-book, but it is impossible to tell from the Kindle sample as it consists entirely of the (considerable) introductory material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A review of the *Kindle edition* 16 July 2011
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A Kindle edition of this great feat of scholarship is very welcome indeed--the conversion of the text, however, leaves *a lot* to be desired.

The criteria for a good Kindle version of an academic text are easy to enumerate: All footnotes and endnotes must be hyperlinked; all images must have high-res versions; the original paragraph/heading structure must *unequivocally* be reproduced in terms of the Kindle's resources (e.g., if a certain type of heading is indicated in the original text by a different typeface, this cannot be reproduced on the Kindle; thus, other means must be employed, e.g., indentation, larger/smaller, bold or italic text, etc.); the text shouldn't impose any sort of paragraph alignment (*especially* not 'justified'), and let the device do its own typesetting. (Left on its own, the Kindle 'justifies' text very well.)

I have been very impressed by some other releases for the Kindle, from Cambridge University Press--they were very well adapted to the device's particular resources and limitations. THIS volume, however, is almost certainly the direct conversion of an ePub, into Mobipocket format. The text forces its own text alignment and *typeface*; not only are there occasional errors (missing paragraph breaks), but *none* of the endnotes have been hyperlinked, and neither is there *any indication* of print-version pagination (the Kindle *can* do this). One wonders how the *superb* papers in this volume are to be cited, from the Kindle version--by 'location' number? Kindle 'location's, however, are nowhere to be found in the print edition.

These are extremely frustrating omissions. While it's encouraging to see more professional titles coming to the Kindle, academic publishers *still* don't seem to take the medium seriously enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great reference and background on Newton the scientist. 7 April 2014
By hdwcqa - Published on
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The Cambridge Companions are wonderful in concept and execution. I have
this book on my Kindle and.when I have a few minutes - airport, doctor's office, etc. - I
dip into it and find a few more nuggets to think about. Newton's intellect is scarey.
He must have been from the same planet De Vinci.
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