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3.0 out of 5 stars Original Newton is the most interesting, 22 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 4 Apr 2011 12:49:16 BDT
Nik C says:
Thanks for the comment, but as this is - at least meant to be - a review I would like to know why only three stars? Did you not like the cover image, or is Newton's writing style a bit antiquated? I'd like to know what the missing stars can be attributed to?

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 16:13:58 GMT
Newton's 'Philosophię Naturalis Principia Mathematica', a work in three books, was first published in Latin on 5 July 1686 (not 5 July 1687 as wrongly claimed in Wikipedia) in London, under the imprint of Samuel Pepys who was president of the Royal Society at that time.

Hence, if you want to read a facsimile of the original printed edition you will need better Latin than most of us are likely to have. A recent English translation, however, such as the edition here under consideration, is for most of us a more accessible version. Nevertheless, like all translations it remains just that - with all the advantages and drawbacks of any translation, no matter how careful.

If you really want to know what Newton wrote, then there are no two ways about it. You have to go back to the original Latin, perhaps with this latest translation by your side as an aid.

Posted on 1 Jun 2013 15:18:21 BDT
M. Mason says:
This is one of the most important books ever written. To give such a book a rating - unless you're commenting on the quality of the binding, etc., seems preposterous. Who is anyone to rate the work of Newton?

In reply to Richard Mahony - you don't need Latin to understand Maths. Maths is a language unto itself, and should be understandable to anyone who is reasonably proficient at that discipline.
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