You are here

Reading the Masters: Newton and the Birth of Celestial Mechanics

Year of Award: 1998

Publication Information: The American Mathematical Monthly, vol. 104, 1997, pp. 1-19

Summary: This paper provides a history of the discovery of the theorems that mark the beginning of "Newtonian celestial mechanics." The paper uses original sources to answer the two key questions of early celestial mechanics: (a) Every orbital motion subject to an inverse-square force lies on a conic having focus at the force center. (b) What force law  maintains a conic motion orbiting about the focus?

Read the Article: 

About the Author: Bruce Pourciau was at Lawrence University at the time of publication.

 

 

Author (old format): 
Bruce Pourciau
Author(s): 
Bruce Pourciau
Flag for Digital Object Identifier: 
Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Publish Page: 
Summary: 
This paper provides a history of the discovery of the theorems that mark the beginning of "Newtonian celestial mechanics." The paper uses original sources to answer the two key questions of early celestial mechanics: (a) Every orbital motion subject to an inverse-square force lies on a conic having focus at the force center. (b) What force law maintains a conic motion orbiting about the focus?

Dummy View - NOT TO BE DELETED