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Rethinking Newton's Principia

Saunders, Simon (2013) Rethinking Newton's Principia. [Preprint]

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It is widely accepted that the notion of an inertial frame is central to Newtonian mechanics and that the correct space-time structure underlying Newton’s methods in Principia is neo-Newtonian or Galilean space-time. I argue to the contrary that inertial frames are not needed in Newton’s theory of motion, and that the right space-time structure for Newton’s Principia requires the notion of parallelism of spatial directions at different times and nothing more.


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Saunders, Simon
Additional Information: Published in Philosophy of Science, Vol.80, No. 1 (January 2013), pp.22-48.
Keywords: Newton, inertial frame, relationalism, absolutism, Corollary V1, Machianism, Newtonian gravity, equivalence principle, Newtonian cosmology, Maxwell space-time, Newton-Huygens space-time, Newton-Cartan space-time.
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Depositing User: simon saunders
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 12:03
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 12:03
Item ID: 12451
Subjects: General Issues > Scientific Metaphysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Laws of Nature
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Date: January 2013
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12451

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