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Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, often known as the Principia, is one of the most important scientific works ever to have been written and has had a profound impact on modern science. Consisting of three separate books, the Principia states Newton’s laws of motion and Newton’s law of universal gravitation. Understanding and acceptance of these theories was not immediate, however by the end of the seventeenth century no one could deny that Newton had far exceeded all previous works and revolutionised scientific thinking.
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About the Author
Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was an English physicist and mathematician who was a leading figure in the scientific revolution. His work throughout the seventeenth century provided the basis for modern science, including his three laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation. Newton’s career was prolific. He was president of the Royal Society and in 1705 he was knighted, becoming the first ever scientist to receive the honour.
Kirill Krasnov is a Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Nottingham. He received a BSc in Physics from Kiev T. Schevchenko University in 1994 and a PhD in Physics from Pennsylvania State University in 1999. He has held Postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam. He has been the recipient of the prestigious EPSRC Advanced Fellowship and the ERC Consolidator Grant. Krasnov is most known for his work on black hole entropy within the loop approach to quantum gravity, work on spin foam models of quantum gravity, as well as work on the renormalised volume of hyperbolic 3-manifolds.