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Isaac Newton & the Clockwork Universe


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Newton's Accomplishments
discovered origin of color, invented first reflecting telescope, invented calculus
Newton's Beliefs
alchemy (he sought Philosopher's Stone- turned things to gold), interested in theology and Biblical interpretation, obsessed with predicting the end of the world
Law of Universal Gravitation
a force of gravity that's acts on all objects in the universe
LaPlace
believed everything can be predicted
inverse square law
a quantity varies with the inverse square of its distance from its source
conservation of momentum
the total momentum of a system of objects does not change, as long as no outside forces are acting on that system.
Celestial Mechanics
orbit is the balance between inertial and gravitational forces
Clockwork Universe
total momentum of the universe is conserved, interactions redistribute momentum, total never changes, God only starts the clock