John Philoponus – Impetus

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One of the first people to develop something like the modern (Newtonian) scientific theory of motion was John Philoponus of Alexandria, who lived in the sixth century. This brief excerpt from the on-line Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy introduces Philoponus and his ideas about impetus in physics.

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Translations of Philoponus’s work on physics and Aristotle are available from Bloomsbury Publishing. Click here for information from Bloomsbury. Click here for information from Google Books.

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