Huygens on Inertial Structure and Relativity

  title={Huygens on Inertial Structure and Relativity},
  author={Marius Stan},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={277 - 298}
  • M. Stan
  • Published 9 March 2016
  • Physics
  • Philosophy of Science
I explain and assess here Huygens’s concept of relative motion. I show that it allows him to ground most of the Law of Inertia and also to explain rotation. Thereby his concept obviates the need for Newton’s absolute space. Thus, his account is a powerful foundation for mechanics, although not without some tension. 
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