The Mathematical Principles Underlying Newton's Principia Mathematica

@article{Whiteside1970TheMP,
title={The Mathematical Principles Underlying Newton's Principia Mathematica},
author={D. T. Whiteside},
journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
year={1970},
volume={1},
pages={116 - 138}
}

On 18 July 1733, half a dozen years after Isaac Newton's death, Dr William Derham (a close friend during his last years) observed that "S' Is[aac] ... abhorred all Contests.... And for this reason, mainly to avoid being baited by little Smatterers in Mathematicks, he told me, he designedly made his Principia abstruse; but yet so as to be understood by able Mathematicians, who he imagined, by comprehending his Demonstrations, would concurr with him in his Theory"." Forty years before, as Newton… Expand

) an impossibly accurate 38°SI'SI' as the computed annual advance of lunar perigee. So much for Whewell's eulogy in his History of the inductive sciences (see n. 7) of Newton's "beautiful geometry