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Astronomy in the age of Newton

in The History of Astronomy

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780192803061
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775727 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192803061.003.0005

Series: Very Short Introductions

Astronomy in the age of Newton

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The transformation in thinking about the how the planets relate to the Sun was followed by a whole change in understanding of the how the universe worked. Aristotle, the dominant figure in philosophy until then, was replaced by figures such as Descartes. ‘Astronomy in the Age of Newton’ examines how Cartesian philosophy and the thinking of scientists such as Robert Hooke prepared the way for Isaac Newton to take these ideas further forward and formulate his laws of motion and universal gravitation in his work, Principia. Newton removed the last doubts as to the validity of the heliocentric model of the solar system.

Keywords: Aristotle; astronomy; Robert Hooke; newton; Isaac Newton; philosophy; Principia

Chapter.  6159 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology ; Astronomy and Astrophysics

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