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4.1 out of 5 stars
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on 3 July 2015
A masterpiece and milestone in the history of human knowledge. The Prometheus Books paperback version is an excellent presentation of this work of genius.
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on 17 November 2013
Like Optics, this is the book that Newton wrote about maths and physics.

It is hard going in places becasue of the language he uses, but fun to read.

Find out directly from the great man what he was discovering.
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on 25 January 2013
Newtons Principia translated from Latin into English is more direct and straight forward than I could of possibly predicted it to be.
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on 3 September 2014
great book
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on 4 March 2016
A BOOK FOR MY SON, HE THINKS IT'S BRILLIANT
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on 8 June 2006
This book is possibly the most important book that has ever been published in the history of the world. (possibly as Maxwell's book is also in strong contention). It is difficult to sum the wide ranging implications that Newton had on the world, sure, everyone knows about gravity. But he did so much more - he proved Kepler's laws, showed how the binomial expansion worked, gave us the three fundamental laws of motion - which stood the test of time for centuries (until Einstein made a minor adjustment to them), he revolutionised optics and he invented the biggest powerhouse of the mathematical world: Calculus. (despite what the other reviewer says, Newton discovered it before Libnitz, although they discovered it indepentantly).

Obviously, not all of these things are in this book. In fact there is an entire separate volume dedicated to his work in optics. And yes, it is written in such a way to make it practically unreadable, so not one you can go to bed with.

However, purely on the earth moving implications of the work contained within these pages, it is my opinion that everyone should have a copy, if only to put on their shelf and be able to say: "I might not have read it, but it's the most important work that's ever been published. Kudos Newton"

Six stars if possible.
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on 12 June 2011
There seems to be general carelessness in the production of Kindle books which Amazon should take note of, and this book is a good example - numerous typos, bad quality graphics, inappropriate mixing of graphics and text. If companies wish to charge decent amounts for the kindle editions, they could at least make the effort to proof read it first - something the publishers here have obviously failed to do.
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on 2 June 1998
The defining work for 200 years. However, I believe some of his claims will not hold up when velocities approach the speed of light.
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on 28 September 2003
Ich denke that Principia shows its Englisches parochialism, especially so in greater Anglo-Saxonia. Ich very much prefer Galileo; besides, Italian secretaries are so much better!
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