Christie's LANDMARKS OF SCIENCE 12/13/06 SALE CODE 7269a


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This post auction catalog consists of 175 pages with 151 lots   all mostly illustrated   and all described in detail.

Featured in this most interesting auction catalog are some of the most seminal scientific ideas in thier first or close to first publication forms.Featured are Charles Darwin's,"On the Origin of Speices by Means of Natural Selection,or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life".London:John Murray,1859.Sir Isaac Newton's,"Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica".London:Joseph Streater,1687,first edition.This work elucidates the universal physical laws of gravitation and motion which lie behind phenomena described by Newton's predecessors Copernicus,Galileo and Kepler.He establishes the mathematical basis for the motion of bodies in unresting space,i.e. the law of inertia;the motion of fluids and the effect of friction on bodies moving through fluids;and,most importantly,sets forth the law of universal gravitation and its unifying role in the cosmos.For the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens.... It was this grand conception that produced a general revolution in human thought,equalled perhaps only by that following Darwin's Origin of the Species... There are photographs,hand written letters and early publications of Albert Einstein.In addition there are rare publications by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642),Jean Baptiste Joseph RFourier (1768-1830),Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevskii (1792-1856),Marie Curie (1867-1934) and many others