8. The Authority

  1. Arthur Mazer

Published Online: 11 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118108291.ch8

Shifting the Earth: The Mathematical Quest to Understand the Motion of the Universe

Shifting the Earth: The Mathematical Quest to Understand the Motion of the Universe

How to Cite

Mazer, A. (2011) The Authority, in Shifting the Earth: The Mathematical Quest to Understand the Motion of the Universe, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118108291.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118024270

Online ISBN: 9781118108291

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Keywords:

  • the authority, and Newton's research into motion - that gravity alone, causing elliptic orbit of planets;
  • the Principia, most influential book ever written - making Principia, so revolutionary;
  • Newton's laws, Kepler's laws and calculus - calculus in one's toolbag, meaning one can extract all of Kepler's laws from Newton's rather handily

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Louis XIV, the Sun King

  • Newton, the Math King

  • The Influential Principia

  • Without Fluxions (a mathematical presentation of Newton's laws of motion and the ellipse requiring high school algebra)

  • Newton's Laws, Kepler's Laws, and Calculus (a calculus-based presentation of Newton's laws of motion and the ellipse)

  • Newton's Agenda