Newton's Laws

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 1:00pm
Museum of London


In his Principia Isaac Newton used his law of universal gravitation and three laws of motion to explain elliptical planetary motion, the orbits of comets, the variation of the tides and the flattening of the earth at its poles. Further important work on celestial mechanics was undertaken by Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Pierre-Simon Laplace and Henri Poincaré. It was Poincaré who discovered that even with Newton’s deterministic laws the resulting motion may be irregular and unpredictable, the basis of modern day chaos theory.