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Newton's Example of the Two Globes

Solomon, Monica (2022) Newton's Example of the Two Globes. [Preprint]

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This paper presents a novel reading of the well-known example of two revolving globes which Newton describes in the space-time scholium in the Principia. I argue that the example has been often overlooked in the literature because it was considered a thought experiment designed by imagination in an empty universe standing for absolute space. Instead, I suggest that it is best interpreted as a paradigmatic model for a dynamical interaction between two bodies and that it is important for Newton's overall methodology in the Principia.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Solomon, Monicamonicadriana.solomon@gmail.com0000-0001-8719-428X
Keywords: Isaac Newton, absolute space, revolving globes, thought experiment
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Depositing User: Dr. Monica Solomon
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2022 03:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2022 03:42
Item ID: 20983
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Thought Experiments
Date: 29 July 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20983

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