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Pendulums In Newtonian Mechanics

  • Andries Sarlemijn
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Part of the Archives Internationales D’Histoire Des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 136)

Abstract

Pendulum experiments have always constituted an important subject in physics research and they still do so. Newton reinforced their importance by considering them crucial to an essential aspect of his gravitational theory, namely, its experimental foundation. It is interesting, therefore, to find out to what extent his thinking and that of his admirers was influenced by these experiments, to look rather closely at the Newtonianism of pendulum experiments.

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Causal Explanation Newtonian Mechanics Disturbing Factor Pendular Motion Perpetual Motion 
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