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The Cambridge Companion to Newton (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521656966
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"A worthy addition to the already rich and diverse Cambridge Companion series, this new multi-authored work provides a valuable tool for historians, philosophers, and theologians who study Newton's massive literary output and incalculable impact on the modern world." ISIS

"The contributors have produced sixteen well-written and admirably focused chapters.... Good index; excellent selective and intelligently organized bibliography. This book splendidly has met its goals. Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

"A complete survey of Newton's thought." Seventeenth Century News

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Sir Isaac Newton was one of the greatest scientists of all time, a thinker of extraordinary range and creativity who has left enduring legacies in mathematics and the natural sciences. In this volume a team of distinguished contributors examines all the main aspects of Newtons thought, including not only his approach to space, time, mechanics, and universal gravity in his Principia and his research in optics and mathematics, but also his clandestine investigations into alchemy, theology, and prophecy, which have sometimes been overshadowed by his mathematical and scientific interests.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy
  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521656966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521656962
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,936,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kindle edition of this great feat of scholarship is very welcome indeed--the conversion of the text, however, leaves *a lot* to be desired.

The criteria for a good Kindle version of an academic text are easy to enumerate: All footnotes and endnotes must be hyperlinked; all images must have high-res versions; the original paragraph/heading structure must *unequivocally* be reproduced in terms of the Kindle's resources (e.g., if a certain type of heading is indicated in the original text by a different typeface, this cannot be reproduced on the Kindle; thus, other means must be employed, e.g., indentation, larger/smaller, bold or italic text, etc.); the text shouldn't impose any sort of paragraph alignment (*especially* not 'justified'), and let the device do its own typesetting. (Left on its own, the Kindle 'justifies' text very well.)

I have been very impressed by some other releases for the Kindle, from Cambridge University Press--they were very well adapted to the device's particular resources and limitations. THIS volume, however, is almost certainly the direct conversion of an ePub, into Mobipocket format. The text forces its own text alignment and *typeface*; not only are there occasional errors (missing paragraph breaks), but *none* of the endnotes have been hyperlinked, and neither is there *any indication* of print-version pagination (the Kindle *can* do this). One wonders how the *superb* papers in this volume are to be cited, from the Kindle version--by 'location' number? Kindle 'location's, however, are nowhere to be found in the print edition.

These are extremely frustrating omissions. While it's encouraging to see more professional titles coming to the Kindle, academic publishers *still* don't seem to take the medium seriously enough.
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The Cambridge Companions are wonderful in concept and execution. I have
this book on my Kindle and.when I have a few minutes - airport, doctor's office, etc. - I
dip into it and find a few more nuggets to think about. Newton's intellect is scarey.
He must have been from the same planet De Vinci.
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