Unformatted text preview: President of the Royal Society (1703); and knighted (1705). But Christiaan Huygens, G. W. Leibniz , and othersContinental natural philosophers complained that Newton had not explained the mechanical cause of gravitation, but only stated its mathematical law . Simply stating that ‘bodies attract’ was, they said, no explanation at all. Newton replied that he dealt with matters of fact—with observations and laws he had deduced from them—not with hypothetical causes. In the ‘General Scholium’ to the second edition of his Principia (1713), he declared that when it came to the cause of gravitation itself, ‘ Hypotheses non fingo ’ (‘I frame no hypotheses’)....
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