"Leibniz asserted that Newton’s theory of gravity requires a constant miracle
of bodies acting on one another at a
distance through the void of space. Clarke replied that gravity can be
non-mechanical, but still a natural phenomenon:
“But the means by which two bodies attract each other, may be invisible and
intangible, and of a different nature from mechanism;
and yet, acting regularly and constantly, may well be called natural.” Leibniz
then accused Newton of making gravity
a “Scholastic occult quality”. "
Newton apparently believed that the force of gravity was continually being
suggested above to follow the law he had discovered. Thus gravity acted on
bodies in a mechanical
fashion which Leibniz referred to as being continually "occult" or
Leibniz, on the other hand, had a more geometrical concept that, being
foresaw Einstein's geometrical concept of gravity. In Einstein's theory, the
masses of bodies
cause the space around them to curve, so as to provide particular arcs of
flighty, such as that
of planets revolving around the sun. He may thus have been so influenced by
explored the geometrical properties of planetary motion.
Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
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