Newton’s Construction of the Law of Gravitation

  • Ewald Vervaet
Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 123)


Newton’s gravitational theory is generally regarded as the cream of the Principia. It is dominated by one law, the so-called law of gravitation, which states in a formal way that two mass-points at a certain distance tend towards each other with a force that can be expressed in the well-known law. Once one is in possession of this law, it allows us to explain a wide range of phenomena: planetary motion, free fall, the tides etc.


Light Dark Planetary Motion Unequal Length Gravitational Relation Short Stick 
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  • Ewald Vervaet
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  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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