The Shaggy Steed of Physics


In the story of Prince Conn* a peaceful and prosperous kingdom has fallen into chaos. A stepmother’s intrigue has cast a deadly spell over the youthful monarch and his realm. Helpless to find the way to save his life and restore harmony to the kingdom, the prince is directed by a druid to a small shaggy horse. The shaggy steed offers to conduct the prince upon a quest through harrowing trials of fire and flood and faithfully bring him to a magical realm where he will procure powers with which he can break the spell and restore the harmony of his land.


Rotational Symmetry Newtonian Mechanic Kepler Problem Kepler Ellipse Celestial Motion 
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  1. Giorgio de Santillana has painted a sweeping and poignant portrait of this breakdown in The Crime of Galileo, Chicago and London: U. of Chicago Press, Midway Reprints, 1976.Google Scholar

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