The prehistory of the Principia from 1664 to 1686

@article{Whiteside1991ThePO,
  title={The prehistory of the Principia from 1664 to 1686},
  author={D. T. Whiteside},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={1991},
  volume={45},
  pages={11 - 61}
}
  • D. T. Whiteside
  • Published 1991
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Since S.P. Rigaud’s pioneering Historical essay appeared in 18381 there have been many, from Rouse Ball, Cajori and Beth down to I.B. Cohen, A.R. Hall, J.W. Herivel and R.S. Westfall in our own day, who have explored how Newton’s Principia came to be.2 Surely there can be nothing profoundly new to be said about its progress from first conception as an inchoate idea in its author’s mind to the maturity of its first publication in 1687? No and yes. There is now a broad balance of agreement over… Expand
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