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Today in 1687: Newton publishes the groundbreaking Principia

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On July 5, 1687, physicist Isaac Newton published his book Principia where he published his famous business laws.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) is one of the most famous scientists of all time. He owes his fame mainly to his three editions Mathematical principles of natural philosophy (Mathematical principles of natural philosophy). The Principia is considered one of the most important works in the history of science.

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Newton is the founder of classical mechanics

In the approximately 500-page work, Newton described, among other things, gravity and its three laws of motion (Newton’s laws). As a result, he is now known as the founder of classical mechanics.

First edition Principia, written by an Englishman in about two years, was published on July 5, 1687 by the Royal Society, the British Academy of Sciences. New versions were published in 1713 and 1726 with improvements and additions.

Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, 1689, painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller.

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