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p. 595. Astronomy in the age of Newtonlocked

  • Michael Hoskin


The transformation in thinking about the how the planets relate to the Sun was followed by a whole change in understanding of the how the universe worked. Aristotle, the dominant figure in philosophy until then, was replaced by figures such as Descartes. ‘Astronomy in the Age of Newton’ examines how Cartesian philosophy and the thinking of scientists such as Robert Hooke prepared the way for Isaac Newton to take these ideas further forward and formulate his laws of motion and universal gravitation in his work, Principia. Newton removed the last doubts as to the validity of the heliocentric model of the solar system.

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