Monday, April 28, 2008


This Day in the History of Genius Passed On

On this day in 1686, the first volume of Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathamatica" (Mathematical Principles) was published in London. He had invented differential and integral calculus in order to calculate things for fun. (Leibnitz invented it at about the same time and independently).

Below are Newton’s Laws of Motion:

1. Every physical body continues in its state of rest, unless it is compelled to change that state by a force or forces impressed upon it.

2. A change of motion is proportional to the force impressed upon the body and is made in the direction of the straight line in which the force is impressed.

3. To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.

Book Three of the Principia opens with two pages headed “Rules of Reasoning in Philosophy.” There are four rules as follows:

1. We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain the appearances.

2. Therefore to the same natural effects we must, as far as possible, assign the same causes.

3. The qualities of bodies which are found to belong to all bodies within the reach of our experiments, are to be esteemed the universal qualities of bodies whatsoever.

4. In experimental philosophy we are to look upon propositions inferred by general induction from phenomena as accurately or very nearly true notwithstanding any contrary hypothesis that may be imagined, till such time as other phenomena occur, by which they may either be made more accurate, or liable to exceptions.

All still good rules for everyday life, especially the last rule.

(h/t Perodotos)

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Dear Roger (I'm so sorry to post this as a comment, I couldn't track down a more direct correspondence).

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Thanks, I'll call you, but I am NOT an influential blogger. More's the pity.
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