Isaac Newton envisioned a static, infinite, and initially uniform, zero field universe that was gravitationally unstable to local condensations of matter. By postulating the existence of such a universe and using it as a boundary condition on Newtonian gravity, a new field equation for gravity is derived, which differs from the classical one by a time‐dependent cosmological term proportional to the average mass density of the universe. The new field equation not only makes Jeans’ analysis of the gravitational instability of a Newtonian universe consistent, but also gives rise to a family of Newtonian evolutionary cosmologies parametrized by a time‐invariant expansion velocity. This Newtonian cosmology contrasts with both 19th‐century ones and with post general relativity Newtonian cosmology.

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