Talk:Writing of Principia Mathematica

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Could you please decide if you want in this article to abbreviate Newton's "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" to either "Principia" or "Principia Mathematica", but preferably not both?

Although the abbreviation "Principia Mathematica" is allowed, it is rarely used since the work of Whitehead/Russell, the full title of which was "Principia Mathematica" and which is the primary entry for this string in this encyclopedia. To save confusion, most refer to Newton's work as just "Principia" or "the Principia".

Jeremiah Horrocks[edit]

Would it be possible to give a mention to Jeremiah Horrocks in this article? Although he was one of England's most brilliant astronomers and planetary dynamicists he seems to have faded into obscurity, although the work he did with William Crabtree on the 1639 Transit of Venus and observations and measurements he made that showed the Moon's orbit was elliptical, were crucial in the formation of ideas for Principia. Richerman (talk) 13:58, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Shades of Hofstader[edit]

In it's first (real) paragraph, this article refers to itself. Not only is the reference turgid and difficult to decipher, it is also absurd. Wikipedia articles are not self-aware. (This would be recursive sourcing, or something like it.) If you absolutely must refer to a wikipedia article from within that article, you must be very careful. I believe Stephen Colbert would be a good example. But I really doubt this information actually needs to be in the article in the first place. Eaglizard (talk) 23:11, 14 July 2009 (UTC)