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universal gravitation

Gravitation \Grav"i*ta"tion\, n. [Cf. F. gravitation. See Gravity.]

1. The act of gravitating.

2. (Pysics) That species of attraction or force by which all bodies or particles of matter in the universe tend toward each other; called also attraction of gravitation, universal gravitation, and universal gravity. See Attraction, and Weight.

Law of gravitation, that law in accordance with which gravitation acts, namely, that every two bodies or portions of matter in the universe attract each other with a force proportional directly to the quantity of matter they contain, and inversely to the squares of their distances.

#### Usage examples of "universal gravitation".

These are landmarks of science: Nicolas Copernicus' heliocentric theory, Johannes Kepler's refining it into conic sections ballistics, Isaac Newton's laws of motion and theory of universal gravitation, James C.

The Theory of Universal Gravitation brought me every scientific honor this planet has to offer.

The Law of Universal Gravitation states that there exists a cohesive force among all bodies of the universe, such that the amount of this force between any two given bodies is proportional to the product of their masses divided by the square of the distance between them.

If Newton would only mingle with the Fellows a bit, Oldenburg seemed to believe, he would soon learn that Hooke had quite put colors out of his mind and moved on to matters such as Universal Gravitation, which of course would not interest young Mr.

Is the law of universal gravitation the law of universal nonsense?

These are landmarks of science: Nicolaus Copernicus' heliocentric theory, Johannes Kepler's refining it into conic-sections ballistics, Isaac Newton's laws of motion and theory of universal gravitation, James C.

These are landmarks of science: Nicolaus Copernicus' heliocentric theory, Johannes Kepler'srefining it into conicsections ballistics, Isaac Newton's laws of motion and theory of universal gravitation, James C.

He saw how the virginal circles of Eudoxus had led to a more coherent astronomy, how the conic sections of Apollonius had prefigured the spirit of universal gravitation.

In addition, Newton postulated a law of universal gravitation according to which each body in the universe was attracted toward every other body by a force that was stronger the more massive the bodies and the closer they were to each other.

However, that was more than enough for Isaac Newton (1642-1727) to derive his inverse square law of universal gravitation.

It took a towering genius to recognize the laws of motion and universal gravitation that now seem almost boringly obvious to us.