law of gravitation


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law of gravitation

or law of universal gravitation
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Noun1.law of gravitation - (physics) the law that states any two bodies attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
law of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"
gravitational theory, Newton's theory of gravitation, theory of gravitation, theory of gravity - (physics) the theory that any two particles of matter attract one another with a force directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
constant of gravitation, gravitational constant, universal gravitational constant, G - (physics) the universal constant relating force to mass and distance in Newton's law of gravitation
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They have likewise discovered two lesser stars, or satellites, which revolve about Mars; whereof the innermost is distant from the centre of the primary planet exactly three of his diameters, and the outermost, five; the former revolves in the space of ten hours, and the latter in twenty-one and a half; so that the squares of their periodical times are very near in the same proportion with the cubes of their distance from the centre of Mars; which evidently shows them to be governed by the same law of gravitation that influences the other heavenly bodies.
The thoughts of worldly men are for ever regulated by a moral law of gravitation, which, like the physical one, holds them down to earth.
Does not the special construction of the solar system and the particular proportion between the size, distance and speed of each planet of this system prove that the maker of this machine is fully aware of all the details of the law of gravitation and the effects of the rotatory motion in producing centrifugal forces?
1) Reilly published The Law of Retail Gravitation in 1931 after he realized that Newtons Law of Gravitation seemed to loosely express the empirical regularities he observed while conducting several trading area investigations for chain grocery stores in Texas during the late 1920s (Reilly, 1929).
According to the Newtonian universal law of gravitation, any two objects in the universe attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
In this April Fools scenario, scientists have discovered that Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation has a diminishing return.
These two laws, Kepler's third law and Newton's law of gravitation, afford the opportunity of probing a little more deeply into the epistemological nature of such "laws of nature.
The scientists are right about the toast - pushing on that Law of Gravitation proposed by the brilliant Isaac Newton, who had learnt if you stood under an apple tree for long enough, a pippin would drop on your head.