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Concept and Inference: Descartes and Beeckman on the Fall of Bodies

  • Peter Damerow
  • Gideon Freudenthal
  • Peter McLaughlin
  • Jürgen Renn
Part of the Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences book series (SHMP)

Abstract

The discovery of the law of free fall is usually considered to be a milestone in the development of modern physics and a major step in superseding medieval ways of thought. The subject of the law is the relation between the space traversed by a falling body and the time elapsed. The law states that under certain conditions the spaces traversed measured from rest are proportional to the squares of the times elapsed.

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Classical Mechanic Geometrical Representation Free Fall Uniform Motion Quadratic Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Damerow
    • 1
  • Gideon Freudenthal
    • 2
  • Peter McLaughlin
    • 3
  • Jürgen Renn
    • 1
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceBerlinGermany
  2. 2.The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and IdeasTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Philosophisches SeminarUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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