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The Universal ForceGravity - Creator of Worlds$
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Louis Girifalco

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228966

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228966.001.0001

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Force and mass

Force and mass

(p.109) 8 Force and mass
The Universal Force

Louis A. Girifalco

Oxford University Press

Modern science could not advance until the ideas of force and mass were understood. Newton provided this understanding by stressing the role of momentum and by creating his three laws of motion. But notions were not rigorously based and left much undefined until Mach gave a detailed operational method for defining mass and force. Newton's genius and insight was illustrated by the fact that he got everything right in spite of this. When force and mass were examined with rigorous logic, they were found to be in accord with Newton's intuition.

Keywords:   Newton, force, mass, Mach, momentum, three laws of motion

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