Foundations of Physics

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 383–393

The concept of energy and its early historical development

  • R. B. Lindsay

DOI: 10.1007/BF00708586

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Lindsay, R.B. Found Phys (1971) 1: 383. doi:10.1007/BF00708586


The concept of energy, the premier concept of physics and indeed of all science, is here investigated from the standpoint of its early historical origin and the philosophical implications thereof. The fundamental assumption is made that the root of the concept is the notion of invariance or constancy in the midst of change. Salient points in the development of this idea are presented from ancient times up to the publication of Lagrange'sMécanique Analytique (1788).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. B. Lindsay
    • 1
  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidence