By Anders Hald

ISBN-10: 0471471291

ISBN-13: 9780471471295

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The greater simplicity and accuracy of Kepler’s model soon became generally accepted. The final step in this development was Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws (and many other results) from the law of gravitation in 1687. The most spectacular part of the scientific revolution is the developments in astronomy; however, it should not be forgotten that great progress was also made in physics, technology, and medicine. The technological knowledge that had accumulated over many centuries now became exposited in books so that it became available not only to other artisans and engineers but also to scientists.

This composition of matter gave him sufficient freedom to construct models of many physical and physiological phenomena. Motion of one body (a collection of particles) resulted in the simultaneous motion of other bodies to avoid a vacuum. Motion was thus caused by collision or pressure. He postulated that God had created innumerable vortices of matter (particles in whirlpool motion) so that each of the heavenly bodies was at rest each in its own vortex. By means of this (peculiar) construction he kept the earth at rest and at the same time revolving around the sun by letting the vortex of the earth revolve around the vortex of the sun.

This Equality of Males and Females is not the Effect of Chance but Divine Providence, working for a good End. Another example, taken from the Doctrine of Chances (1756, p. 252) by the probabilist Abraham de Moivre, runs as follows: Again, as it is thus demonstrable that there are, in the constitution of things, certain Laws according to which Events happen, it is no less evident from Observation, that those Laws serve to wise, useful and beneficient purposes; to preserve the steadfast Order of the Universe, to propagate the several Species of Beings, and furnish to the sentient Kind such degrees of happiness as are suited to their State.

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