Force and Determinism


IN case any philosophers who do not happen to be physicists feel a doubt about the orthodoxy of what I understand to be one of the main doctrines in Dr. James Croll's recent book, reviewed in your issue of March 12 (p. 435), viz. that although expenditure of energy is needed to increase the speed of matter, none is needed to alter its direction (and the doubt has been already expressed to me); perhaps it will not be regarded as intrusive if I say that this statement is perfectly correct.

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LODGE, O. Force and Determinism. Nature 43, 491 (1891) doi:10.1038/043491b0

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