A History of Mechanics
Dover Publications, 1988 - 662 стор.
"A remarkable work which will remain a document of the first rank for the historian of mechanics." -- Louis de Broglie
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KEPLER AND THE concept of INERTIA. Kepler had the merit of having
emphasised the concept of inertia more completely than his predecessors had
done—indeed it is sometimes maintained that he actually formulated the
principle of inertia.
For every solid he defines a centrum massae or centrum inertiae, remarking that
the term “centre of gravity” implies the more restricted concept of a solid that is
only heavy, while the centre of mass of inertia is defined by means of the inertia ...
Carnot next introduces the force of inertia by means of the following definition—“
The resistance offered by a body to a change of state" or the “reactions opposed
to a system of bodies which make it pass from rest to motion.” For example, in an
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