Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" by George Smith

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Primary Sources

  • Newton, Isaac, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (“Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy”), London, 1687; Cambridge, 1713; London, 1726. (Pirated versions of the 1713 edition were also published in Amsterdam in 1714 and 1723.) (Scholar)
  • –––, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, tr. Andrew Motte, to which is added “The Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity,” by John Machin, London 1729. (The Motte translation of the 1726 edition, without Machin's addendum, has been reissued as The Principia, Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1995.) (Scholar)
  • –––, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1726 edition with commentary by Thomae Le Seur and Francisci Jacquier, S.J., Geneva, 1739-1742. (Scholar)
  • –––, Principes Mathématiques de la Philosophie Naturelle, tr. Madame la Marquise du Chastellet, with commentary by Alexis-Claude Clairaut and the translator, Paris, 1759.
  • –––, Sir Isaac Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and his System of the World, tr. Andew Motte, revised Florian Cajori, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1934. (Includes “System of the World,” the original draft version of Book 3.)
  • –––, [V] Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, the Third Edition with Variant Readings, ed. A. Koyré and I. B. Cohen, 2 vols., Cambridge: Harvard University Press and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972.
  • –––, [P] The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy: A New Translation, tr. I. B. Cohen and Anne Whitman, preceded by “A Guide to Newton's Principia” by I. B. Cohen, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999. (Scholar)
  • –––, The Preliminary Manuscripts for Isaac Newton's 1687 Principia, 1684-1686, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. (Scholar)
  • –––, [M] The Mathematical Papers of Isaac Newton, ed. D. T. Whiteside, vol. 6, 1684-1691, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974. (Includes detailed commentary on much of the mathematics of the Principia.) (Scholar)
  • –––, [U] Unpublished Scientific Papers of Isaac Newton, ed. A. R. Hall and M. B. Hall, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1962. (Contains several manuscripts associated with the Principia.)
  • –––, [C] The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, ed. H. W. Turnbull, J. F. Scott, A. R. Hall, and L. Tilling, 7 vols., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1959-1984.
  • –––, Philosophical Writings, ed. A. Janiak, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Descartes, René, [D] Principles of Philosophy, tr. V. R. Miller and R. P. Miller, Dordrecht: Reidel, 1983. (Citations are to Part and Article, not to page.)
  • Huygens, Christiaan, [OH] Oeuvres Complètes de Christiaan Huygens, 22 vols., The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1888-1950.
  • –––, [HO] The Pendulum Clock or Geometrical Demonstrations Concerning the Motion of Pendula as Applied to Clocks, tr. Rcihard J. Blackwell, Ames: Iowa State University. (Translation of Horologium Oscillatorium, Paris,1673, [OH], vol. 18.
  • –––, [HD] Discours de la Cause de la Pesanteur, Leiden, 1690; [OH], vol. 21; reprinted in Traité de la lumiére (with which it originally appeared), Paris: Dunod: 1992. (Translations by Karen Bailey, citations to 1690 page numbers.)
  • Leibniz, G. W., [L] “Tentamen de Motuum Coelestium Causis,” Acta Eruditorum, 1689; translation in Bertoloni Meli 1993. (Citations are to page numbers in the translation.) (Scholar)

Secondary Sources

  • Aiton, E. J., 1972, The Vortex Theory of Planetary Motions, London: Macdonald. (Scholar)
  • Ball, W. W. R., 1893, An Essay on Newton's Principia, London: Macmillan; reprinted 1972, New York: Johnson Reprint Corporation (Scholar)
  • Bertoloni Meli, D., 1993, Equivalence and Priority: Newton versus Leibniz, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Buchwald, J. Z. and Cohen, I. B. (ed.), 2001, Isaac Newton's Natural Philosophy, Cambridge: MIT Press. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, I. B., 1971, Introduction to Newton's ‘Principia’, Cambridge: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1980, The Newtonian Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Cohen, I. B. and Smith, G. E. (ed.), 2002, The Cambridge Companion to Newton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Disalle, 2006, Understanding Space-Time: The Philosophical Development of Physics from Newton to Einstein, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Guicciardini, Niccolò, 1999, Reading the Principia: The Debate on Newton's Mathematical Methods for Natural Philosophy from 1687 to 1736, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Herivel, J., 1965, The Background to Newton's Principia: A Study of Newton's Dynamical Researches in the Years 1664-84, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)
  • Palter, R. (ed.), 1970, The Annus Mirabilis of Sir Isaac Newton, Cambridge: MIT Press. (Scholar)
  • Smith, G. E., 2002, “From the Phenomenon of the Ellipse to an Inverse-Square Force: Why Not?”, in Reading Natural Philosophy: Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science and Mathematics to Honor Howard Stein on his 70th Birthday, ed. D. B. Malament, La Salle: Open Court, pp. 31-70.. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2005, “Was Wrong Newton Bad Newton?”, in Wrong for the Right Reasons, eds. J. Z. Buchwald and A. Franklin, Berlin: Springer, pp. 127-160. (Scholar)
  • Stein, H., 1967, “Newtonian Space-Time,” in Palter 1970, pp. 258-284. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1990, “From the Phenomena of Motions to the Forces of Nature: Hypothesis or Deduction?”, PSA 1990, Proceedings of the 1990 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, vol. 2, East Lansing, MI: Philosophy of Science Association, pp. 209-222. (Scholar)
  • Taton, R. and Wilson, C. (ed), 1989, Planetary Astronomy from the Renaissance to the Rise of Astrophysics, Part A: Tycho Brahe to Newton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Scholar)
  • –––, 1995, Planetary Astronomy from the Renaissance to the Rise of Astrophysics, Part B: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Westfall, R. S., 1971, Force in Newton's Physics: The Science of Dynamics in the Seventeenth Century, London: Macdonald. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1980, Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)
  • Yoder, J. G., 1988, Unrolling Time: Christiaan Huygens and the Mathematization of Nature, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Scholar)

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