Newton's Principia


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Isaac Newton's main work is Philosophia Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), or short Principia, which is by some also thought to be the greatest mathematical work of all times.

During Newton's lifetime this book was published in three authorised editions: in London 1687, Cambridge 1713, and again London 1726. The two unauthorised versions were both published in Amsterdam, one in 1714, the other in 1723.

Here are some pictures from the book.

By looking at the fronticepiece above, can you tell what year was this edition published? Which edition is this then?

An illustration from Principia.

Have a look at this frontiesepiece. When was this edition published? And do you know whether it was during Netwon's lifetime?



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