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A list of key readings about Isaac Newton.
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Primary sources

  • Newton, Isaac. The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. U. of California Press, (1999). 974 pp.
  • Newton, Isaac. The Optical Papers of Isaac Newton. Vol. 1: The Optical Lectures, 1670-1672. Cambridge U. Press, 1984. 627 pp.
  • Newton, Isaac. Opticks (4th ed. 1730) online edition
  • Newton, Isaac. The Mathematical Papers of Isaac Newton, 8 vols. (Cambridge University Press, 1967–81).
  • Newton, Isaac. The correspondence of Isaac Newton, ed. H. W. Turnbull and others, 7 vols. (1959–77) ·
  • Brackenridge, J. Bruce. The Key to Newton's Dynamics: The Kepler Problem and the Principia: Containing an English Translation of Sections 1, 2, and 3 of Book One from the First (1687) Edition of Newton's Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. U. of California Press, 1996. 299 pp.
  • Newton's Philosophy of Nature: Selections from His Writings edited by H. S. Thayer, (1953), online edition

Other Sources

  • Bardi, Jason Socrates. The Calculus Wars: Newton, Leibniz, and the Greatest Mathematical Clash of All Time. (2006). 277 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Bechler, Zev. Newton's Physics and the Conceptual Structure of the Scientific Revolution. (1991). 588 pp.
  • Berlinski, David. Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World. (2000). 256 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Buchwald, Jed Z. and Cohen, I. Bernard, eds. Isaac Newton's Natural Philosophy. MIT Press, 2001. 354 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Casini, P. "Newton's Principia and the Philosophers of the Enlightenment." Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 1988 42(1): 35-52. Issn: 0035-9149 Fulltext: Jstor
  • Christianson, Gale E. Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution. Oxford U. Press, 1996. 160 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Christianson, Gale E. In the Presence of the Creator: Isaac Newton and His Times. (1984). 608 pp.
  • Cohen, I. Bernard and Smith, George E., ed. The Cambridge Companion to Newton. (2002). 500 pp. focuses on philosophical issues only; excerpt and text search; complete edition online
  • Cohen, I. Bernard. The Newtonian Revolution with Illustrations of the Transformation of Scientific Ideas. Cambridge U. Press, 1981. 404 pp. excerpt and text search
  • DeGandt, François. Force and Geometry in Newton's Principia. Princeton U. Press, 1995. 296 pp.
  • Dobbs, Betty Jo Teeter. The Janus Faces of Genius: The Role of Alchemy in Newton's Thought. Cambridge U. Press, 1991. 359 pp.
  • Fara, Patricia. Newton: The Making of a Genius. Columbia U. Press, 2003. 347 pp excerpt and text search
  • Fauvel, John et al., ed. Let Newton Be! Oxford U. Press, (1989). 272 pp.
  • Feingold, Mordechai. The Newtonian Moment: Isaac Newton and the Making of Modern Culture. (2004) 218 pp. catalog of exhibit at New York Public Library, 2004-5
  • Force, James E. and Hutton, Sarah, ed. Newton and Newtonianism: New Studies. (2004). 246 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Gjertsen, Derek. The Newton Handbook. (1987). 665 pp.
  • Gleick, James. Isaac Newton.(2003). 272 pp.
  • Hall, A. Rupert. All Was Light: An Introduction to Newton's Opticks. Oxford U. Press, 1993. 252 pp.
  • Hall, A. Rupert. Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought. (1992). 468 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Hofmann, Joseph Ehrenfried. Classical Mathematics: A Concise History of the Classical Era in Mathematics. (1959) online edition
  • Hoskin, Michael. "Newton and Newtonianism" pp 130-67 in Hoskin, ed. The Cambridge Concise History of Astronomy (1999) excerpt and text search
  • Kline, Morris. Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times. Volume: 1. (1972).
  • Mandelbrote, Scott. Footprints of the Lion: Isaac Newton at Work. Cambridge U. Press, (2001). 142 pp
  • Olby, R.c. et al. Companion to the History of Modern Science. (1990) online edition, on the history of Newtonianism
  • Park, Katharine, and Lorraine Daston, eds. The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 3: Early Modern Science (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Rankin, William. Introducing Newton (3rd ed. 2007) excerpt and text search
  • Sepper, Dennis L. Newton's Optical Writings: A Guided Study. Rutgers U. Press, 1994. 224 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Shapiro, Alan E. Fits, Passions, and Paroxysms: Physics, Method, and Chemistry and Newton's Theories of Colored Bodies and Fits of Easy Reflection. Cambridge U. Press, (1993). 400 pp.
  • Thrower, Norman J. W., ed. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A Longer View of Newton and Halley: Essays Commemorating the Tercentenary of Newton's Principia and the 1985-1986 Return of Comet Halley. U. of California Press, 1990. 429 pp.
  • Westfall, Richard S. Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton. 2 vol. Cambridge U. Press, 1981. 895 pp. the major scholarly biography excerpt and text search
    • Westfall, Richard S. The Life of Isaac Newton. Cambridge U. Press, (1993). 328 pp., short version excerpt and text search
  • Westfall, Richard S. "Newton, Sir Isaac (1642–1727)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004); online edition
  • White, Michael. Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer. (1998). 416 pp. Newton as alchemist online edition