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  • 课程介绍( Course Introduction)

    University:MIT

    Instructor(s):Adam Schulman

    MIT Course Number:SP.341

    Level:Undergraduate

    This course focuses on an in-depth reading of Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis by Isaac Newton, as well as several related commentaries and historical philosophical texts.

  • 教学大纲(Syllabus)

    The heart of this course will be a close reading of key sections of Newton's Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis (first published 1687; 3rd edition 1726). Newton's Principia has been aptly described as "the most unread famous book in the Western world." It's publication in 1687 marks that seminal moment in the history of Western thought when the work of the greatest scientists became too difficult for the greatest philosophers to understand on their own. (John Locke, for one, had to be reassured by his friend Huygens that the Principia's reasoning was sound.) From here on, the gulf between the "two cultures" began to widen dramatically. In this course we shall attempt to bridge that gulf by combining a rigorous study of the text of the Principia with full discussion of its philosophical implications.