Newton's law of forces which are inversely as the mass: a suggested interpretation of his later efforts to normalise a mechanistic model of optical dispersion

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Abstract

“This principle of nature being very remote from the conceptions of Philosophers I forbore to describe it in that Book [the Principia] least I should be accounted an extravagant freak & so prejudice my Readers against all those things weh were ye main designe of the Book.“ (Newton in a projected ‘Conclusion’ [c. 1693] to the Opticks, ULC. Add. 3970, f. 338r.)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-222
Number of pages39
JournalCentaurus
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1974
Externally publishedYes

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