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By Ofer Gal

This ebook is a historical-epistemological research of 1 of the main consequential breakthroughs within the background of celestial mechanics: Robert Hooke's (1635-1703) notion to "compoun[d] the celestial motions of the planets of an instantaneous movement via the tangent & an enticing movement in the direction of a centrat physique" (Newton, The Correspondence li, 297. Henceforth: Correspondence). this is often the problem Hooke offered to Isaac Newton (1642-1727) in a brief yet excessive correspondence within the iciness of 1679-80, which set Newton on track for his 1687 Principia, remodeling the very thought of "the planetary heavens" within the strategy (Herivel, 301: De Motu, model III). 1 it's tough to overstate the newness of Hooke 's Programme • The celestial motions, it prompt, these proverbial symbols of balance and immutability, werein truth a strategy of non-stop switch: a deflection of the planets from unique rectilinear paths via "a centraU beautiful strength" (Correspondence, li, 313). there has been not anything worthwhile or crucial within the form of planetary orbits. Already recognized to be "not round nor concentricall" (ibid. ), Hooke claimed that those it sounds as if closed "curve Line[ s ]" could be understood and calculated as mere results of rectilinear motions and rectilinear allure. And as Newton used to be quickly to gain, this additionally implied that "the planets neither circulate precisely in ellipse nor revolve two times within the comparable orbit, in order that there are as many orbits to a planet because it has revolutions" (Herivel, 301: De Motu, model III).

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