Albert Einstein and the creative act : the case of special by Stanley Goldberg

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Those that considered a ring of water furnished the explanation of the tides, and those concerned with a ring of solid matter reduced the precession of the equinoxes to exact calculation. That is, the new corollaries looked forward to a final work radically different from the one he had written. Other changes in Book I looked in the same direction. He composed what became Section IX, in which he employed the perturbing attraction of the sun to explain the progressive motion of the lunar apsides.

7-10. The folios are part of a fascicle of eight folios that belonged to De motu corporum but was somehow separated from the rest. 17. Principia, p. 571. 18. Herivel, Background, p. 297. 19. Correspondence, 2, pp. 437-439. 20. Principia, p. 397. NEWTON'S DEVELOPMENT OF PRINCIPIA 43 21. King's College, Cambridge, Keynes MS 133, p. 10. 22. Galileo, Two New Sciences, trans. Stillman Drake, (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1974), p. 225. 23. This anecdote appeared in French (en y pensant sans cesse) as a note to Voltaire's Elemens de la philosophic de Newton in the so-called Kehl edition of his Oeuvres (17851789).

At the Society Joule would be in the company of such engineers as Eaton Hodgkinson, William Fairbairn, and Richard Roberts. He would meet Lyon Playfair, the ambitious young chemist who later became a minister in one of Gladstone's administrations; Edward Binney, attorney and geologist, who made a huge fortune out of the early oil industry; and, of course, the venerable John Dalton. What sort of man was Joule? We are told that he was shy and retiring; and even his best friends admitted that he was an unimpressive public speaker.

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