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
“... treatise given a most notable instance of the extent of the powers of the mind.’ This is 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 what he was talking about. Three years earlier, during a visit to Cambridge, he had posed the puzzle which started ...”