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"Newton's Rational Mechanics": Review of Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac NewtonUnlocked the System of the World, by David Berlinski. Reviewed by HugoRossi. American Scientist, March-April 2001, page 184.

According to the review, this book provides an accessible account of the mainideas contained in Newton's Principa. Despite some ``florid linguisticembellishments'' that tend to obscure some of the concepts discussed, thereviewer finds that Berlinski's exposition of the structure of Newton'srational mechanics is ``excellent.''

--- Allyn Jackson