Conserving Matter and Motion

  • David Cassidy
  • Gerald Holton
  • James Rutherford
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Newton’s success in mechanics altered profoundly the way in which scientists viewed the Universe. The motions of the Sun and planets could now be considered as purely mechanical, that is, governed by the laws of mechanics, much like a machine. As for any machine, whether a clock or the solar system, the motions of the parts were completely determined once the system had been put together.


Kinetic Energy Potential Energy Elastic Potential Energy Isolate System Total Momentum 
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Further Reading

  1. EL. Holmes, Lavoisier and the Chemistry of Life, ( Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1989 ), Chapter 24.Google Scholar
  2. G. Holton and S.G. Brush, Physics, The Human Adventure,(Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001), Chapters 15–18.Google Scholar
  3. R.S. Westfall, The Construction of Modern Science: Mechanisms and Mechanics, ( New York: Cambridge University Press, 1978 ).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cassidy
    • 1
  • Gerald Holton
    • 2
  • James Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceUSA

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