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# Missing One’s Own Discovery Newton and the First Idea of an Artificial Satellite

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- Our argument is found in D. Topper and D.E. Vincent, “An Analysis of Newton’s Projectile Diagram,”
*European Journal of Physics,*20 (1999), pp. 59–66. The critique is Michael Nauenberg, “Comment on ‘An Analysis of Newton’s Projectile Diagram,”’*European Journal of Physics,*21 (2000), pp. L5–L6. Our rejoinder is D. Topper and D.E. Vincent, “Reply to Comment on ‘An Analysis of Newton’s Projectile Diagram,”’*European Journal of Physics,*21 (2000), pp. L7–L8.Google Scholar - Philip and Phylis Morrison,
*The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry into How We Know What We Know*(New York: Random House, 1987), Newton’s sketch is on p. 250.Google Scholar - Isaac Newton,
*De Mundi Systemate (A Treatise on the System of the World),*English trans. (London: Dawsons, 1969). The most recent translation (of the third edition) of the*Prin-cipia*is Isaac Newton,*The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy,*I. Bernard Cohen and Anne Whitman, trans. (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999). I was able to reconstruct the history of various versions of the projectile passage using*Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,”*2 vols., Alexandre Koyrè and I. Bernard Cohen, eds. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1972).Google Scholar - On Henry Cavendish, see Christa Jungnickel and Russell McCormmach,
*Cavendish: The Experimental Life*(Cranbury, NJ: Bucknell University Press, rev. ed., 1999), pp. 440–456, and B.E. Clotfelter, “The Cavendish Experiment as Cavendish Knew It,”*American Journal of Physics,*55 (March, 1987), pp. 210–213.Google Scholar - Three historical books that I found to contain the erroneous spiral: T.S. Kuhn,
*The Coper-nican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought*(Cam-bridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985); S. Toulmin and J. Goodfield,*The Fabric of the Heavens: The Development of Astronomy and Dynamics*(New York: Harper Torchbook, 1961); and A. Koestler,*The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe*(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1964).Google Scholar - Newton’s thoughts on the stability problem are in his four letters to Richard Bentley (1692–3) reprinted in
*Newton,*ed. I.B. Cohen and R.S. Westfall (New York: W.W. Norton, 1995), pp. 330–339; and Queries 28 and 31 of I. Newton,*Opticks*(New York: Dover Publications, 1952 reprint of the 4th English edition, 1730), pp. 362–370 and 375–406.Google Scholar - The correspondence with Halley and Hooke is in
*The Correspondence of Isaac Newton, vol.2 (1676–1687),*H.W. Turnbull, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University of Press, 1960).Google Scholar - The quotation dismissing the spiral as a slip of his pen, is in Richard S. Westfall,
*Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton*(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980), p. 385.Google Scholar

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