Sunday, February 8, 2009

Obama and the(Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy)

collage by marguerita- of (laws of inertia, action and reaction, and acceleration proportional to force)
Newton suffered a mental breakdown in 1675 and was still recovering through 1679. In response to a letter from Hooke, he suggested that a particle, if released, would spiral in to the center of the Earth. Eric Weisstein's World of Astronomy
Hooke wrote back, claiming that the path would not be a spiral, but an ellipse. Eric Weisstein's World of Math Newton, who hated being bested, then proceeded to work out the mathematics of orbits. Again, he did not publish his calculations. Newton then began devoting his efforts to theological speculation and put the calculations on elliptical motion aside, telling Halley he had lost them (Westfall 1993, p. 403). Halley, who had become interested in orbits, finally convinced Newton to expand and publish his calculations. Newton devoted the period from August 1684 to spring 1686 to this task, and the result became one of the most important and influential works on physics of all times, Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) (1687), often shortened to Principia Mathematica or simply "the Principia."
Newton, Isaac (1642-1727) -- from Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography

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