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The Life of Isaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall

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NEWTON was hardly an unknown man in philosophic circles before 1687. The very extent to which he had made his capacity in physics and mathematics known had functioned in the early 1680s to destroy his attempt to reconstruct an isolation in which he might pursue his own interests in his own way. Nevertheless, nothing had prepared the world of natural philosophy for the Principia. The growing astonishment of Edmond Halley as he read successive versions of the work repeated itself innumerable times in single installments. Almost from the moment of its publication, even those who refused to accept its central concept of action at a distance recognized the Principia as an epoch-making book. A turning point for Newton, who, ...

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