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  • Hardcover: 994 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (29 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520088166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520088160
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Will be of interest to a wide scientific and scholarly audience. . . the new translation flows smoothly and elegantly."--"Times Higher Education Supplement

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I. Bernard Cohen (1914-2003) was Victor S. Thomas Professor (Emeritus) of the History of Science at Harvard University. Among his recent books are Benjamin Franklin's Science (1996), Interactions (1994), and Science and the Founding Fathers (1992). Anne Whitman was coeditor (with I. Bernard Cohen and Alexander Koyre) of the Latin edition, with variant readings, of the Principia (1972). Julia Budenz, author of From the Gardens of Flora Baum (1984), is a multilingual classicist and poet.

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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "gausswasthegreatone" on 8 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
It scared the life out of me when I saw the size of this book but like paulsaunders18 said, don't be put off by the size of the book. I've read bits here and there and it does amaze me how Newton wrote this book, it's no surprise nobody could write anything to confront him. I really recommend this book to anybody that knows of Newton's works like F=ma, but that is all high school stuff. Newton really really makes you think hard in following his work which is an honour to read. No wonder he went mad. Buy it..quick..in the mean time do some weights.
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It is a very difficult read and I will never get through it but it shows if nothing else what a genius Newton was. Worth a look just to be in awe of the man.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jens Peter Mortensen on 22 Mar. 2009
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It is refreshing for a layman to read the original Principia by Newton, and not interpretations. The first explanatory part of the book forms a good supplement to the original text.
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26 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 2002
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This book changed the course of science and human knowledge. Isaac Newton was one of the first natural philosophers to understand that mathematics could be used to predict the behaviour of natural phenomena. Rightly ranked as one of the three greatest mathematicians ever, this is his most famous work.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Hobo on 7 April 2015
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Isaac Newton was a cocky physicist that believed science was only for the respected few. As such he wrote down his laws of nature using a mathematical system that's unclear and almost impossible to understand. If he would've stuck to regular Calculus, he would've probably come up with the General Theory of Relativity himself. A scientist that doesn't want you to know what he or she discovered is like a dog chasing its own tail: plain stupid. He didn't want you to understand what he was saying and it worked. I'm a Mensan ranking in the top 1% of society and I didn't even want to get it with how complicated he wrote things down. He may have wanted for only the elite to understand this, but regardless of in what way you are smart, this is just stupid.
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