Principia mathematica, title page
AuthorNewton, Isaac, 1642-1727
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Principia is known as one of the greatest work in the history of science. Newton's lectures at Cambridge were the nucleus of the Principia, but it is a remarkable fact that the book itself was written in 17 or 18 months. The cost of printing the first edition was borne by Newton's friend Edmund Halley, as neither Newton nor the Royal society had the funds. Edmund Halley was the English astronomer and mathematician who first calculated the orbit of a comet which later was named for him. Halley editied it, saw it through the press, and added the Latin Ode addressed Newton, ending with the words "Nearer the gods, no moral may approach."
Astronomy--Early works to 1800