, Volume 11, Issue 12, pp 35–44 | Cite as

The celestial mechanics of Newton

General Article


Newton’s law of universal gravitation laid the physical foundation of celestial mechanics. This article reviews the steps towards the law of gravitation, and highlights some applications to celestial mechanics found in Newton’sPrincipia.


Celestial mechanics astranomy Newton history 


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Suggested Reading

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    R Westfall,Never at Rest, a Biography of Isaac Newton, Cambridge University Press, 1980.Google Scholar
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    S Chandrasekhar,Newton’s Principia for the Common Reader, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1995.Google Scholar
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    I Bernard Cohren and Anne Whitman,Isaac Newton: The Principia — a New Translation, University of California Press, 1999.Google Scholar

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.the Astrophysics Group of the Raman Research InstituteIndia

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