*Post by Arindam Banerjee*Newton was and will be the greatest physicist ever.

Chandrasekhar pays homage to Newton.

"Newton's Principia for the Common Reader" by S. Chandrasekhar

(1995) Clarendon Press, Oxford ISBN 0 19 851744 0

http://www.amazon.com/dp/019852675X

Quoting from "Great Physicists: The life and times of leading

physicists from Galileo to Hawking: by William H Cropper.

'For his final study, Chandra chose a remarkable subject--Isaac

Newton. Chandra was a student of science history and biography, and

he had a wide acquaintance among his contemporaries in physics and

astrophysics. But for him one scientist stood above all those of

the past and present, and that was Newton. He decided to pay homage

to Newton, and try to fathom his genius, by translating "for the

common reader" the parts of Newton's Principia that led to the

formulation of the gravitational law.

'Newton relied on the geometrical arguments that are all but

incomprehensible to a modern audience. To make them more

accessible, Chandra restated Newton's proofs in the now

conventional mathematical languages of algebra and calculus. His

method was to construct first his own proof for a proposition and

then to compare it with Newton's version. "The experience was a

sobering one," he writes. "Each time, I was left in sheer wonder at

the elegance, the careful arrangement, the imperial style, the

incredible originality, and above all the astonishing lightness of

Newton's proofs, and each time I felt like a schoolboy admonished

by the master."'

Title: Newton's Principia for the Common Reader (Physics)

ISBN-13: 9780198517443

ISBN-10: 0198517440

Author: S. Chandrasekhar

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Clarendon Press

Published: July 1995

List Price: $320.00