Newtonian scholarship has taken great steps forward
in the last half century. The recent completion of critical editions
of Newton's mathematical papers and of his scientific correspondence, as well
as the publication of the first volume of his optical and variant readings
of the Principia in the original Latin , have made most of
Newton's scientific work generally available for study
and analysis for the first time. This has provided a better
understanding of Newton's Principia and Optics especially
regarding their origin and interpretation, much of which
has remained obscure for several hundred centuries.
Some of the new developments and insights are
presented in this book by several of the scholars
who have made these primary sources accessible, and by
others who are using them to elucidate
Newton's work. Most of the papers included were presented
at the Symposium on the Foundations of Newtonian Scholarship
held at the Royal Society in London in March 1977

** Contents: **

- I.B. Cohen " Newton's Scholarship in Historical Perspective"
- A.E. Shapiro "Newton's Experimental Investigation of Diffraction for the Optics: A preliminary Study
- M. Nauenberg " Comparison of Newton's Diffraction Measurements with the Theory of Fresnel"
- J.B. Brackenridge "Newton's Dynamics: The Diagram as a Diagnostic Device"
- G.E. Smith " Fluid Resistance: Why Did Newton Change his Mind?
- J.G. Fauvel " Newton's Mathematical Language"
- M. Nauenberg " Newton's Portsmouth Perturbation Theory for the 3-body Problem and its Application to Lunar Motion"
- A.R. Hall "Review and Reminiscence
- D.T. Whiteside " How Does One Come to Edit Newton's Mathematics?"
- C. Wilson " From Kepler to Newton : Telling the Tale"