Force and geometry in Newton’s Principia. Transl. from the French by Curtis Wilson. (English) Zbl 0830.01007

Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press. xiv, 296 p. (1995).
The book introduces us to the reading of Newton’s Principia. Close reading of texts is combined with historically informed commentary. Until 1679 Newton’s thought about orbital motion was framed in terms of Cartesian vortices. It was Robert Hooke, who first confronted him with the idea of constructing orbits out of inertial motion along the tangent and an attraction to the center.


01A45 History of mathematics in the 17th century
70-03 History of mechanics of particles and systems
70F99 Dynamics of a system of particles, including celestial mechanics

Biographic References:

Newton, I.