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The author writes of the importance of understanding the cause of motion, and shares an overview of theories of motion fromscientists and philosophers including Pythagoras, Thales of Miletus, Heraclitus, Parmenides, Empedocles, Xenophanes, Aristotle, Descartes, Newton and Spinoza. Marked on front as 'archive' by Peter Mark Roget.

Subject: Chemistry / Kinematics

Received 26 May 1836 by John George Children. Read 16 June 1836.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 3 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'Anonymous essay, entitled Scoperta della Causa Fisica del Moto. Presented to the Royal Society, with a view to obtaining one of the Royal Medals for 1836'.

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Unpublished paper, 'Scoperta della causa fisica del moto' [Discovery of the physical cause of motion] by unknown author, 1836, AP/20/1, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 17 July 2024

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