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Isaac Newton (1642 – 1726)
Principia Mathematica , 1687
First edition with handwritten notes by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz

This first edition of the Newton's masterpiece belonged to Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz and bears annotations in his hands. Its unusual discovery three centuries later offered a valuable insight into the relationship between these two eminent thinkers; a heated controversy pitted Newton against Leibnitz on the question of which of them had invented the infinitesimal calculus; the Royal Society accused Leibnitz of plagiarism. This work, a synthesis of Galileo's work since the early 17th century, provides an introduction to the universal law of gravity and, like the works of Copernicus and Einstein, is a cornerstone of our modern view of the universe.

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