A Course in Mathematical Physics, Vol. 2: Classical Field by Walter Thirring

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Those who take the foundation of their speculations from hypotheses, even if they then proceed most rigorously according to mechanical laws, are merely putting together a romance, elegant perhaps and charming, but nevertheless a romance. There remains then the third type, namely, those whose natural philosophy is based on experiment. Although they too hold that the causes of all things are to be derived from the simplest possible principles, they assume nothing as a principle that has not yet been thoroughly proved from phenomena.

6, sec. 6. 52. 14 below. 53. For details see Isaac Newton's Theory of the Moon's Motion (1702), introd. I. Bernard Cohen (Folkestone: Dawson, 1975). 54. These four special copies are described in my Introduction; Newton's MS notes appear in our edition with variant readings (n. 45 above). A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRINCIPIA chose as editor Dr. Henry Pemberton, a medical doctor and authority on pharmacy and an amateur mathematician. 55 A new rule 4 was added on the subject of induction, and there were other alterations, some of which may be found in the notes to the present translation.

Grace K. Babson Collection, Burndy Library) NEWTON'S PRINCIPLES OF PHILOSOPHY PHILOSOPHIA NATURALIS PRICIPIA MATHEMATICA. AUCTORE ISAACO NEWTONO, EQ AUR. Editio tertia aucta & emendata. LONDINI: Apud GUIL & JOH. JNNYS, Regix Sociatatis typographos. MDCCXXVI. Title page of the third edition of Newton's Principia. In the original, the words PHILOSOPHIAE and PRINCIPIA are printed in red, as are ISAACO NEWTONO and LONDINI. (Grace K. Babson Collection, Burndy Library) MATHEMATICAL PRINCIPLES OF N A T U R A L PHILOSOPHY.

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