5R10. Meanest Foundations and Nobler Superstructures: Hooke, Newton and the “Compounding of the Celestiall Motions of the Planetts.” Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol 229. - O Gal (Ben-Gurion Univ of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel). Kluwer Acad Publ, Dordrecht, Netherlands. 2002. 239 pp. ISBN 1-4020-0732-9. $69.00.

Reviewed by FH Lutze (Dept of Aerospace and Ocean Eng, VPI, Blacksburg VA 24061-0203).

This book explores the idea that Robert Hooke (of Hooke’s law fame) initiated the idea that celestial motions are the result of a tangential motion and an attractive motion toward a central body. The idea of choice at the time seemed to favor that the natural motion was in a circle (or closed path) and that the additional force was the “centrifugal force,” the force that tended to pull the object away from its circle. It is suggested, that...

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