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Inertia and other definitions

  1. Oct 22, 2006 #1
    Lately Ive been curious about the very meaning of the most fundamental concepts in physics like inertia. Where do you think is the best place to look for these definitions. Newton's principia?
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2006 #2

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    I suggest starting with google. :smile:
     
  4. Oct 22, 2006 #3
    Has anyone here read the principia?
     
  5. Oct 22, 2006 #4
    I imagine it wouldn't be too friendly to read. We're used to 3D illustrations in our physics textbooks, reinforcement through applications, etc. I haven't read the principia.

    I think to feel and be moved by fundamental physics concepts like inertia, you need to go out, experiment and reason it out for yourself.
     
  6. Oct 30, 2006 #5
    Where could I find a copy of Newton's Principia?
     
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  8. Oct 30, 2006 #7

    radou

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    Don't want to discourage you, but you'll be very dissapointed. :smile:
     
  9. Oct 30, 2006 #8
    An English translation perhaps? Thanks. I don't know about you, but I'm not exactly a Latin scholar. And another thing, I meant a copy in book form, such as my copy of St. Thomas Aquinas's "Summa Theologica".
     
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