History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica

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Fall 2011



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This course focuses on an in-depth reading of Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis by Isaac Newton, as well as several related commentaries and historical philosophical texts.

Schulman, Adam. SP.341 History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica, Fall 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/special-programs/sp-341-history-and-philosophy-of-mechanics-newtons-principia-mathematica-fall-2011 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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