Newton’s Daunting Masterpiece had a Surprisingly Wide Audience, Historians Find

Newton’s Daunting Masterpiece had a Surprisingly Wide Audience, Historians Find

The New York Times-Books·2020-11-13 06:02

It had a reputation for unreadability. As its author walked by, a student at the University of Cambridge in England was said to have remarked: “There goes the man that writt a book that neither he nor anybody else understands.” Its hundreds of equations, diagrams and obscure references didn’t help, nor that it was written in Latin, the scholarly language of the day.

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