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Isaac Newton (1642 – 1726)

Principia Mathematica, 1687

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.

First edition with handwritten notes by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz

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