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  • Paperback: 589 pages
  • Publisher: Green Lion Press; 3 Revised edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888009233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888009231
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 3.4 x 25.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A journey worthwhile. 19 Nov. 2013
By piRskwayrd - Published on
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Seeing the fundamental concepts of calculus elucidated without the use of functions is a spectacle everyone in mathematics should have to experience. I worked through the first book the summer after taking my first course in undergraduate analysis and this really changed my perspective on the subject. Seeing the concept of the limit get done without functions, existence of tangent lines to curves without functions, everything you know about elementary calculus gets done without functions. It makes it clear how sophisticated a piece of technology functions really are, and how they can really obscure ideas that would otherwise seem intuitive from a geometric point of view. But all of this is about Newton's work. I must say if I had tried to work through this without Densmore's guidance, explanation, and insights it would have been much more difficult than it needs to be as the language and concepts Newton uses are sometimes quite archaic or vague. Densmore guides you through the proofs and guides you through the physics, if you're into that sort of thing. I found this book in a library and was so impressed by it I had to get my own copy. One of the best purchases I've ever made in terms of advancing my understanding of mathematics.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful guide to the Principia 4 Jan. 2013
By N.A. - Published on
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This is a superb guide to Newton's Principia and to Newton's thinking generally. It clarifies and spells out many steps and general principles and strategies that Newton leaves out or presents in an extremely subtle manner (perhaps to dissuade what he called "smatterers in mathematics"). At a larger conceptual level it helps the reader understand the wonderful innovations in physical and mathematical thinking that allowed for the Principia. As someone reading the Principia for the first time I have found it an invaluable companion, helping me understand but also appreciate the depth of the ideas page after page. I would highly recommend this book to anyone embarking on the study of Newton.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Must read 19 May 2013
By V. A. Tipnis - Published on
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Reading the original gives you in-depth understanding of the axioms. Far superior to the standard geometry text. you would welcome it.
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A MUST !!!! 14 Mar. 2013
By Errol Dario Real S. - Published on
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This book will capture not only your interest but it will stretch your brains as well into unknown abodes of knowledge. As far as service is concerned, the sellers know how to handle their clients well. I Highly recommend them.
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I feel the force. 21 May 2013
By kh - Published on
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To really understand a theory, one has to study the original text written by its creator. Without it the apprentice can't be smarter than the master.

So many experts and scientists assume, even worship Issac Newton's Classical Mechanics without a single doubt, which is sure sign of intellectual inferiority. One reason I decided to study Newton's Principia is to investigate his theory of physics with my own eyes.

I learned Newton's theory has big flaws that serves as obstacle for explaining certain aspect in nature. For instance, Newton assumed gravitational force acts from infinite distance at instantaneous speed. This two assumptions are contrary to Einstein's theory of Relativity.

The original Principia written by Latin, dead language. To learn Latin for reading it seems overkill to me. I was looking for Principia translated to English close to the original context. There are few English versions in public domain. I tried one and stopped reading it due to poor quality and typo errors.

I give five stars on this book because I found a lot of efforts and kin eyes have looked after it for years to publish third edition.
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