The Key to Newton's Dynamics

The Key to Newton's Dynamics

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While much has been written on the ramifications of Newton's dynamics, until now the details of Newton's solution were available only to the physics expert. qThe Key to Newton's Dynamicsq clearly explains the surprisingly simple analytical structure that underlies the determination of the force necessary to maintain ideal planetary motion. J. Bruce Brackenridge sets the problem in historical and conceptual perspective, showing the physicist's debt to the works of both Descartes and Galileo. He tracks Newton's work on the Kepler problem from its early stages at Cambridge before 1669, through the revival of his interest ten years later, to its fruition in the first three sections of the first edition of the qPrincipia.qFigure 9.2 is based on Newtona#39;s diagram for Lemma 11 and it remained unchanged through the three editions of the Principia. In the 1687 edition Newton employed Lemma 11 in Propositions 4 and 9. The former derives the nature of the forceanbsp;...

Title:The Key to Newton's Dynamics
Author:J. Bruce Brackenridge
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1995-01-01


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