Time, Space and Laws in Newtonian Mechanics

  • Edward Anderson
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 190)


We consider the Newtonian paradigm of physics: its laws and in particular the status of time, space and frames therein. These conform to many ‘everyday intuitions’ about time and space, which, however, do not however apply in subsequent chapters’ quantum, special relativity and especially general relativity paradigms. For now, we consider some differences between Newton, Galileo and Aristotle’s world-views, and also the forms taken by various force laws in the Newtonian paradigm. We finally outline two tools: tensors and the principles of dynamics; these tools are very useful including through variants of these transcending to special and general relativity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Anderson
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  1. 1.DAMTPCentre for Mathematical SciencesCambridgeUK

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