From the 1983 lecture programme:
The causes of motion remained a mystery for two thousand years after the Ancient Greeks discovered the laws of equilibrium. When in 1687 Sir Isaac Newton set out the principles in what has been described as the greatest of all scientific works, the famous Principle Mathematica, he established a general theory that has formed the foundation of engineering mechanics ever since. We shall investigate the ways in which these apparently simple laws apply to motion both familiar and strange, from bows and arrows to rockets and gyroscopes. We shall see how these laws are incorporated in the flight of the Harrier and the action of other famous machines. We shall also look at important areas of machine performance, including impact, which are the subject of much current research and development.