The concept of gravity came into being in ancient times as a terrestrial concern associated with the practicalities of “weight.” A great leap forward came in the early 1600s with the important theoretical speculations of Johannes Kepler. This article focuses on his prescient theory of gravity which guided the later progress of a number of scholars including Roberval, Hooke, and Newton. And yet, Kepler's remarkable contribution to gravitational theory has been almost completely overlooked in the contemporary scientific literature.
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PAPERS| March 01 2019
Kepler and the origins of the theory of gravity
Eugene Hecht; Kepler and the origins of the theory of gravity. Am. J. Phys. 1 March 2019; 87 (3): 176–185. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5089751
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