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This title in other editionsNewton's Principia for the Common Readerby S Chandrasekhar
Synopses & ReviewsPublisher Comments:Representing a decade's work from one of the world's most distinguished physicists, this major publication is, as far as is known, the first comprehensive analysis of Newton's Principia without recourse to secondary sources. Chandrasekhar analyses some 150 propositions which form a direct chain leading to Newton's formulation of his universal law of gravitation. In each case, Newton's proofs are arranged in a linear sequence of equations and arguments, avoiding the need to unravel the necessarily convoluted style of Newton's connected prose. In almost every case, a modern version of the proofs is given to bring into sharp focus the beauty, clarity, and breathtaking economy of Newton's methods. This book will stimulate great interest and debate among the scientific community, illuminating the brilliance of Newton's work under the steady gaze of Chandrasekhar's rare perception.
Table of ContentsPrologue
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 twobody problem 13. The method of the variations of the elements of a Kepler orbit and Newton's lunar theory: an introduction to propositions LXVLXIX 14. The three body problem: the foundations of Newton's lunar theory 15. The superb theorems 16. Attraction by nonspherical 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 airdrag 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 What Our Readers Are SayingBe the first to add a comment for a chance to win!Product Details
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