Book:Isaac Newton/Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

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Isaac Newton: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

Published $\text {1687}$
In English:

Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

Usually referred to as just Principia.

Subject Matter


Critical View

Nobody since Newton has been able to use geometrical methods to the same extent for the like purposes; and as we read the Principia we feel as when we are in an ancient armoury where the weapons are of gigantic size; and as we look at them we marvel at what manner of man he was who could use as a weapon what we can scarcely lift as a burden.
-- William Whewell

... perhaps the single most powerful work in the long history of mathematics.
-- Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (5th ed.)