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.

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Adam Schulman. CC.S10 History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica. Fall 2011. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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