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Physics (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – July 15, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0199540280 ISBN-10: 0199540284

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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199540284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199540280
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`the editions deserve great credit for the enthusiasm of their approach ... The introductions by eminent scholars put the thoughts of the author and the history of the time into clear perspective. Oxford should be given credit for making the classics accessible for all rather than just crib notes for students.' Jonathan Copeland, Lincolnshire Echo

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Robin Waterfield has translated Republic, Symposium, and Gorgias, for World's Classics. David Bostock is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Merton College, Oxford.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 7, 2014
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This is the best edition if you're not an expert and looking to learn more about the physics. Why?

1 -- It has a really good, clearly-written, comprehensive introduction that covers all the main points in the book.
2 -- It has fantastic endnotes which clarify particular passages in the book. Basically I found that whenever I was reading along and I didn't understand something, there was an endnote written for that passage which made it more clear.
3 -- The translation itself, like all Waterfield translations I've seen, really tries for maximal readability and clarity, and flows as well as it can given the subject matter.

If you're looking to study the "Physics" for the first time, no question this is the edition to go with.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jafrank on March 10, 2012
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Whew, this was one hell of a slough. While it's not strictly speaking a hard book to read, it deals with so many huge, uber-abstract ideas one after the other that it just leaves you exhausted. In some ways it feels more like a Compendium than a strict philosophical text. Aristotle examines every phenomenon that he can think of, Being, Space, Motion, Matter, Time, Infinity, Magnitude, etc. in an attempt to pin down and rationally account for how the universe as he understands it works. It's unrelentingly dense, and obviously quite dated, but at the same time it manages to be pretty enjoyable. It's not so much a straight forward philosophical text as it is a sort of compendium of problems that philosophers have spent the past several millenniums taking a stab at. You might say that it's a work of proto-philosophy, its more concerned with creating a system where these sorts of questions can be fully articulated and worked on than it is in fully solving any of them.
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By Jacob Clos on August 17, 2014
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Exactly what I wanted. New condition
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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Cember on October 14, 2010
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Since this is the edition that is in print, but there is no reason to believe that it is substantively different from the 1999 edition, I note here that you can read my review of the 1999 edition if you are considering buying this one.
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