Rarus principia

“It is doubtful,” wrote the historian Charles C. Gillispie, “whether any work of comparable influence can ever have been read by so few persons.”

Edward Dolnick, The Clockwork Universe.
Regarding Isaac Newton’s Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

According to Dolnick, the first print run of Principia numbered between three hundred and four hundred copies!

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