- Paperback: 994 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (27 September 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520088174
- ISBN-13: 978-0520088177
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,64,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Principia – Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy Paperback – Import, 27 Sep 1999
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"Will be of interest to a wide scientific and scholarly audience. . . the new translation flows smoothly and elegantly."--"Times Higher Education Supplement
About the Author
I. Bernard Cohen (1914-2003) was Victor S. Thomas Professor (Emeritus) of the History of Science at Harvard University. Among his recent books are Benjamin Franklin's Science (1996), Interactions (1994), and Science and the Founding Fathers (1992). Anne Whitman was coeditor (with I. Bernard Cohen and Alexander Koyre) of the Latin edition, with variant readings, of the Principia (1972). Julia Budenz, author of From the Gardens of Flora Baum (1984), is a multilingual classicist and poet.
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The entire book is filled with synthetic-geometry and proofs at the end of which Newton establishes certain ideas. The book has a peculiar end. Newton admits that though he has produced equations to calculate gravity, he has utterly no idea about how gravity 'works' (the mechanism). The 'religious' Newton substitutes godly 'spirit' as the driver of gravity. Though the book has a stupid ending, it is indeed a tremendous work! Outstanding!
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The entry for the Snowball edition - listed on Amazon discount for about $13 - clearly states that it is the Cohen translation with his commentaries. In fact, it is merely a cheap reproduction of some earlier edition of the standard Motte translation, with modernized spelling. It is the complete text of the (translated) Third Edition of the Principia, but with no other associated works by Newton and nothing by Cohen. Snowball does not even give the translator's name, either on the cover or in the front matter! The lithographic reproduction is readable but poor quality - with many broken characters and even edges of pages slightly cut off. This is a usable cheap edition of the well-known 1729 translation, but it is NOT the modern translation, as the Amazon listing explicitly states. (In fact, Amazon's "Search Inside This Book" feature, from the Snowball edition page, takes you to the search pages for the Cohen edition - a completely different, and much more expensive, book!)
I'm sure this was a good-faith error on Amazon's part, but it is completely misleading. Buyers should know what they are getting. If you are reading this on the page listing for the Snowball Publishing edition of the Principia, you aren't getting what they say you are. Be forewarned.