Isaac Newton On the Action At a Distance In Gravity: With or Without God?

Isaac Newton On the Action At a Distance In Gravity: With or Without God?

by Nicolae Sfetcu

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The interpretation of Isaac Newton's texts has sparked controversy to this day. One of the most heated debates relates to the action between two bodies distant from each other (the gravitational attraction), and to what extent Newton involved God in this case. Practically, most of the papers discuss four types of gravitational attractions in the case of remote bodies: direct distance action as intrinsic property of bodies in epicurean sense; direct remote action divinely mediated by God; remote action mediated by a material ether; or remote action mediated by an immaterial ether. The purpose of this paper is to argue that Newton categorically rejected the types of direct action as the intrinsic property of bodies, and remote action mediated by a material ether. Concerning the other two types of action, direct through divine intervention and mediated through an immaterial environment, Newton has repeatedly stated that he does not know the exact cause of gravity, but in both cases, he has directly involved God.

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ISBN-13: 9780359438006
Publication date: 02/17/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 227,112
File size: 67 KB

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