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Dec
30
comment Do stars appear to move with uniform motion?
Ah that makes sense. Thank you!
Dec
30
accepted Do stars appear to move with uniform motion?
Dec
30
comment Do stars appear to move with uniform motion?
I'm not sure what you mean by the stars rising and setting :-P
Dec
29
asked Do stars appear to move with uniform motion?
Sep
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accepted How Did Newton's Second Law Get Its Definition?
Aug
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awarded  Commentator
Aug
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comment How Did Newton's Second Law Get Its Definition?
Thanks so much Ron, really. This helped a lot :] I have to ask, though; could you recommend any reads/books for me? (now that you have a general sense of the history that I'm interested in) I don't mind going as far back as Archimedes if I have to haha. The journey of scientific discovery and thought from Archimedes' Law of the Lever to Newton's Laws fascinates me and I would love to rectify any remaining curiosities on the matter.
Aug
27
comment How Did Newton's Second Law Get Its Definition?
I should've figured as much, I'd always read that Newton acted as the primary figure in the mathematical formulation of these concepts but I never knew how. Another thing that I was curious about was how Newton stated the 2nd Law as an axiom. I haven't fully read the Principia but wouldn't that mean that he's stating it as fact without proof? Or I guess you could surmise that he did so because it was so self-evident at that time, as you said.
Aug
26
comment How Did Newton's Second Law Get Its Definition?
I've been shortchanging Galileo and Newton this whole time :-\ I had no idea that all this was known prior to Newton; university physics texts really like portraying Newton as the one who'd made these discoveries. But I think another thing that was confusing me was how the concept of weight was viewed during Galileo's time. I generally assumed that at that time weight wasn't viewed as a force but just some property of objects that compared their sizes or amounts.
Aug
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awarded  Supporter
Aug
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comment How Did Newton's Second Law Get Its Definition?
So in other words, Newton's statement $\frac{\Delta p}{\Delta t} \propto F$ was "derived" from Galileo's treatment?
Aug
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asked How Did Newton's Second Law Get Its Definition?
Aug
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comment Combining Proportions to get Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
I'm definitely not reading this correctly :[ I think I understand what you mean by the last section though, where you explain why the masses are multiplied with one another. I'm not sure if what you wrote here though explains how the inverse square law and the quantity of masses ($m_1m_2$) were put together.
Aug
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Jul
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comment Combining Proportions to get Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
Ah, Ron! Thanks again for the quick response. I don't think this is quite what I was looking for though, unless I'm not reading this properly. I was just curious about the math that brought these separate parts together. But regardless, thanks for clarifying how this concept was conceived! :]
Jul
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asked Combining Proportions to get Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
Jun
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comment Euclidean Geometry in Classical Thought - Realization or Representation?
Thank you very much!
Jun
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awarded  Analytical
Jun
23
comment Euclidean Geometry in Classical Thought - Realization or Representation?
I wish I could +1 you but I've only 11 rep haha. Thank you very much for clearing this up for me! :] Also, your profile information says you're self-taught... Could you recommend any books/sources for me regarding this?