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Unformatted text preview: ancient distinction between the physics of our earthy sphere below the Moon and the celestial physics of a higher realm. Aristotelian physics no longer worked in the universe of Copernicus and Kepler. A new explanation of how the planets continued to retrace the same paths forever around the Sun remained a central problem of cosmology until Isaac Newton explained how objects move under gravity. He accomplished this by showing how motions in the heavens obey the same laws that determine the movement of bodies on Earth. This led the way to understanding what was increasingly seen as a mechanical universe....
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This note was uploaded on 12/15/2011 for the course AST AST1002 taught by Professor Emilyhoward during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10