# The Mathematical Principles Underlying Newton's Principia Mathematica

@article{Whiteside1970TheMP, title={The Mathematical Principles Underlying Newton's Principia Mathematica}, author={Derek Thomas 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…

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