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Mathematical Treasure: First edition of Newton's Principia

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University)

Isaac Newton’s revolutionary work, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, was first published in Latin in 1687. Here is an image of the title page of this work:

Title page of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, 1687

The first page of the text:

First page of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, 1687

The form and style of Newton’s presentation can be appreciated in the first few pages of his chapter, “On the Motion of Bodies”:

Page 26 of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, 1687

Page 27 of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, 1687

Page 28 of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, 1687

 

The third edition of the Principia appeared in 1726. This is an image of the title page:

Title page of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton, third edition, 1726

Mathematical Treasures containing images from a 1714 Latin edition of the Principia can also be found here and here.

The images above are presented courtesy of the University of Oklahoma Library.

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Frank J. Swetz (The Pennsylvania State University) , "Mathematical Treasure: First edition of Newton's Principia," Convergence (October 2018)

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