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Drawing Physics2,600 Years of Discovery From Thales to Higgs$
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Don S. Lemons

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035903

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035903.001.0001

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Early Modern Period

Early Modern Period

(p.53) Early Modern Period
Drawing Physics

Don S. Lemons

The MIT Press

The early modern period (1543-1785) contributed many physical concepts that are simple enough to be conveyed with a diagram. Copernicus’s heliocentric universe (1543), Galileo’s discovery of the mountains on the moon (1610), Kepler’s laws of planetary motion (1620), Boyle’s law (1662), Newton’s theory of color (1666), and Bernoulli’s principle (1733) are but six of the eighteen topics covered in this period. Experiments and observations that generated measurements became the norm.

Keywords:   Heliocentrism, Kepler’s laws of motion, Refraction, Galileo’s telescopic discoveries, Boyle’s law, Newton’s theory of color, free body diagrams, Huygen’s principle, Bernoulli’s principle, electrostatics

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