Simon Schaffer: Isaac Newton
16 November 2000
Show More Isaac Newton: The ‘Principia’ Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy translated by I. Bernard Cohen.
California, 974 pp., £22, September 1999, 0 520 08817 4Show More
“... Thisincomparable author having at length been prevailed upon to appear in public, has in this treatise given a most notable instance of the extent of the powers of the mind.’ Thisis how the very first review of the Principia began, in summer 1687: from the start, you were forced to admire Newton’s modesty, and his genius. The reviewer, the young astronomer Edmond Halley, knew ...”