The Key to Newton's Dynamics: The Kepler Problem and the Principia Paperback – 21 Mar 1996
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"The Key to Newton's Dynamics is lucid, important, and fills a large gap in the existing literature. Brackenridge is undoubtedly that gifted, patient teacher that one expects from a quality liberal arts college."Alan E. Shapiro, University of Minnesota"
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i.e. Find the nature of the force holding a planet in an elliptical orbit.
Newton's solution is a triumph of mathematical astronomy (Euclid and Apollonius would be proud!). However, Brackenridge notes the difficulty for a general layperson to understand the solution. This book guides you step by step with only the prerequisite that you understand basic geometry. Brackenridge also emphasizes that we look at Newton's work from *his* perspective, not our modern one.
You'll know that you've touched something sacred when you make it through Newton's Preposition 17 (Problem 3 from _On Motion_ in this book). A must for anyone seeking to get an overview of how Newton saw celestial mechanics.
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