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that the Ptolemean system was too complicated, and the new one which that

great man Copernicus had proposed, following in the footsteps of Aristarchus of

Samos, though there was nothing in it contrary to

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that the Ptolemean system was too complicated, and the new one which that

great man Copernicus had proposed, following in the footsteps of Aristarchus of

Samos, though there was nothing in it contrary to

**mathematical**principles, was in...

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... thought throughout Europe, and once more did astronomy rise in estimation;

and the irresistible logic of its

in the position it has ever since occupied as the foremost of the exact sciences.

... thought throughout Europe, and once more did astronomy rise in estimation;

and the irresistible logic of its

**mathematical**process of reasoning soon placed itin the position it has ever since occupied as the foremost of the exact sciences.

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But improved

the seeming doubt has been converted into a surer conviction of the universality

of the law. Having once established the law, Newton proceeded to trace some of

...

But improved

**mathematical**methods have always succeeded in the end, and sothe seeming doubt has been converted into a surer conviction of the universality

of the law. Having once established the law, Newton proceeded to trace some of

...

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When Newton applied his law of gravitation to an explanation of the tides he

started a new field for the application of

there can be little doubt that, if he could have been furnished with complete tidal ...

When Newton applied his law of gravitation to an explanation of the tides he

started a new field for the application of

**mathematics**to physical problems; andthere can be little doubt that, if he could have been furnished with complete tidal ...

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8. NEwton's SUccessors — HALLEY, EULER, LAGRANGE, LAPLACE, ETC.

Edmund Halley succeeded Flamsteed as Second Astronomer Royal in 1721.

Although he did not contribute directly to the

theory, ...

8. NEwton's SUccessors — HALLEY, EULER, LAGRANGE, LAPLACE, ETC.

Edmund Halley succeeded Flamsteed as Second Astronomer Royal in 1721.

Although he did not contribute directly to the

**mathematical**proofs of Newton'stheory, ...

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Page 67 - that every particle of matter in the universe attracts every other particle, with a force whose direction is that of the line joining the two, and whose magnitude is directly as the product of their masses, and inversely as the square of their distances from each other.

Page 26 - So he sate and cunningly guided the craft with the helm, nor did sleep fall upon his eyelids, as he viewed the Pleiads and Bootes, that setteth late, and the Bear, which they likewise call the Wain, which turneth ever in one place, and keepeth watch upon Orion, and alone hath no part, in the baths of Ocean. This star, Calypso, the fair goddess, bade him to keep ever on the left as he traversed the deep.

Page 53 - The third, viz. that the squares of the periodic times are proportional to the cubes of the mean distances...

Page 79 - Wherefore if according to what we have already said it should return again about the year 1758, candid posterity will not refuse to acknowledge that this was first discovered by an Englishman.

Page 122 - ... They have not been regarded as so successful as his geometrical analysis of the observed phenomena. It is only just to add that he himself did not attach equal weight to them ; for in answer to objections urged by Lalande to his theory that the spots are depressions, Wilson wrote thus in 1783 : — ' Whether their first production and subsequent numberless changes depend upon the eructation of elastic vapours from below, or upon eddies or whirlpools commencing at the surface, or upon the dissolving...

Page 51 - He then said boldly that it was impossible that so good an observer as Tycho could be wrong by eight minutes* and added, " out of these eight minutes we will construct a new theory that will explain the motions of all the planets.