Euler, Vis Viva, And Equilibrium

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 41 (2):120-127 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Euler’s ‘On the force of percussion and its true measure’, published in 1746, shows that not only had the issue of vis viva not been settled, but that the concepts of inertia and even force were still very much up for grabs. This paper details Euler’s treatment of the vis viva problem. Within those details we find differences between his physics and that of Newton, in particular the rejection of empty space and reduction of all forces to the operation of inertia through contact. One can further see how Euler’s philosophy of science embraced explanation through mechanisms and equilibrium conditions.Keywords: Leonhard Euler; Vis viva; Equlibrium; Mechanics; Eighteenth century.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 94,678

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Trägheit und Raum: Kant und Euler.Erdmann Görg - 2022 - Kantian Journal 41 (2):7-41.
Historical Introduction of vis-viva or the 'living forces'.Florian Millo, Muhammad Akram & Ejaz Rafique - 2020 - Journal of Science Technology and Research (JSTAR) 1 (1):7.
The Unifying Laws of Classical Mechanics.C. D. Bailey - 2002 - Foundations of Physics 32 (1):159-176.
D'Alembert and the "Vis Viva" Controversy.Carolyn Iltis - 1970 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 1 (2):135.
The vis viva controversy: Do meanings matter?David Papineau - 1977 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 8 (2):111-142.


Added to PP

22 (#717,029)

6 months
2 (#1,487,340)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Brian Hepburn
Wichita State University