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Newton's Principia for the common reader

Author: S Chandrasekhar
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Professor Chandrasekhar's work is an attempt by a distinguished practising scientist to read and comprehend the enormous intellectual achievement of the Principia without recourse to secondary  Read more...

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Named Person: Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Chandrasekhar
ISBN: 019852675X 9780198526759
OCLC Number: 52931326
Notes: Originally published in 1995.
"First published in paperback 2003."
Description: xix, 593 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue ; 1. The beginnings and the writing of the Principia ; 2. Basic concepts: definition and axioms ; 3. On the notion of limits and the ratios of evanescent quantities ; 4. On the motion of particles under centripetal attraction: an introduction to Newton's treatment ; 5. The law of areas and some relations which follow ; 6. The motion of bodies along conic sections ; 7. Kepler's equation and its solution ; 8. The rectilinear ascent and descent of bodies ; 9. The conservation of energy and the initial value problem ; 10. On revolving orbits ; 11. A pause ; 12. The two-body problem ; 13. The method of the variations of the elements of a Kepler orbit and Newton's lunar theory: an introduction to propositions LXV-LXIX ; 14. The three body problem: the foundations of Newton's lunar theory ; 15. The superb theorems ; 16. Attraction by non-spherical bodies ; 17. A digression into Opticks ; 18. Prolegomenon ; 19. The universal law of gravitation ; 20. The figure of the earth and of the planets ; 21. On the theory of tides ; 22. The lunar theory ; 23. The precession of the equinoxes ; 24. On the comets ; 25. The effect of air-drag on the descent of bodies ; 26. The solid of least resistance ; 27. The problem of the brachistochrone ; 28. The velocity of sound and long waves in canals
Other Titles: Newton's Principia
Responsibility: S. Chandrasekhar.

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The great joy of Chandrasekhar's book is that it repays all the attention one gives it...The veil of Newtonian obscurity is lifted and one begins to grasp the extent of Newton's achievement. * D. Read more...

 
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