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Gravity

  • Meike Wiedemann
  • Florian P. M. Kohn
  • Harald Roesner
  • Wolfgang R. L. Hanke
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Part of the Nonlinear Physical Science book series (NPS)

Abstract

All our knowledge about gravity is historically coupled to observations from astronomy and the aim to understand what can be seen in the sky. Finally this enabled Newton (Cohen and Whitman, 1999) in a first attempt to create his laws of gravity which describe gravity as a force acting between bodies of mass. Additionally these theories made it necessary to accept that heavy mass and reactive mass are identical. Also, it is given that gravitational field strength and acceleration must be identical.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meike Wiedemann
    • 1
  • Florian P. M. Kohn
    • 1
  • Harald Roesner
    • 2
  • Wolfgang R. L. Hanke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology (230)University of Hohenheim MembramephysiologyStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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