Central Results from Newton’s Principia Mathematica
28/02/2018 Wednesday 28th February 2018, 16:00 (Room P3.10, Mathematics Building)
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Josef Bemelmans, RWTH Aachen University, Germ
I. The Body of Least ResistanceNewton solves a variational problem about 10 years before the curve of quickest descent was found, a topic that is regarded to be the beginning of modern calculus of variations. II. The Force of Attraction of a Spherical Body First the geometrical proof of this theorem is analyzed; then it is indicated that this result demonstrates the definitive role of mathematics in modern natural philosophy.
