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Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
Amsterdam: Sumptibus Societatis, 1714. Amsterdam, Sumptibus Societatis, 1714. 4to (238 x 195)mm. First black with additional portrait of Newton, (28), 484, (8) pp. Title page printed in red and black, numerous diagrams in the text, 1 plate. Contemporary vellum. Second edition, Amsterdam issue, extensively revised by Newton and with additional preface and index by Roger Cotes. ""The Principia is generally described as the greatest work in the history of science. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler had certainly shown the way; but where they described the phenomena they observed, Newton explained the underlying universal laws. The Principia provided the great synthesis of the cosmos, proving finally its physical unity. Newton showed that the important and dramatic aspects of nature that were subject to the universal law of gravitation could be explained, in mathematical terms, within a single physical theory. With him the separation of natural and supernatural, of sublunar and superlunar worlds disappeared. The same laws of gravitation and motion rule everywhere; for the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens". Very good copy in its original binding.References: DSB X, 93; Poggendorff II, 277; PMM 161; Babson 12
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