Introducing Newton: A Graphic Guide Paperback – January 11, 2011
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I have always wanted to someday find time to read Principia--I dont think I have enough training to understand it though--but like most people who watch ER and have no idea of medicine--I guess in a similar voyeristic fashion, I like to read about Physics and Mathematics !
This was an excellent book from that stand point of view--enough to create curiousity to "look for more". I wish I had read it when I was in school.
Y. Trakru M.D.
The book being short and 'graphic', by no means, is superficial. The price(free for prime) doesn't reflect its true value. Here is why it might worth your time:
1) ~170 pages. and "free to read" for prime members. Easy to read. Accessible. (no math required)
2) provide historical development of physics and science in general (renaissance). Get to know Newton and his theories better.
4) supplement well to college physics courses
I wish I had read this book before the first course in physics a few years ago. I learnt quite a few things I didn't know before about Newton, timeline of science and some random facts. (some people might not like it for not having actual math/formulas. You shouldn't be reading this book for that purpose anyway.)
Squaring the Circle
John Bate's The Mysterious of Nature and Art
Physis - The nature of a thing is its end
Ptolemy and Earth as the centre
Copernicus and Sun as the centre
Strange motions of Mars
Tyco disproves Aristotle fixed stars hypothesis by discovering Supernova
Tyco proves a comet in past the moon
Kepler covers 900 folio pages of Mars' orbit and discovers it is oval.
Kepler creates Copernicus model with oval elliptical orbits.
Galileo proves heavy and light bodies fall at same speed
Giovanni Battista della Porta develops telescope and Galileo develops it
Galileo talks about four moon of Jupiter, Venus phases, Saturns rings, Spiral Galaxy in Andromedia
Galileo pushes Copernicus on the Church
Galileo publishes resistance, cohesion, motion and acceleration, projectile curves
Descartes, matter only effecting matter by contact, everything parts of a machine, doctor is a mechanic, vivisection and animals have no feelings.
Euclid's Geometry, Schooten, Oughtred, Wallis and Descartes.
Binomial Theorem and infinity
White is a mixture of colors
Laws of Motion
1. Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.
2. The relationship between an object's mass m, its acceleration a, and the applied force F is F = ma. Acceleration and force are vectors (as indicated by their symbols being displayed in slant bold font); in this law the direction of the force vector is the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.
3. III. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Core pages of the discoveries and math is on p.122-129