The Fundamental Axioms of Dynamics

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IF Mr. E. T. Dixon (NATURE, p. 103) will read what I have previously written on the subject of energy he will find most of his objections anticipated. I have pointed out, as he now does, that so long as potential energy is regarded solely as a “force function” the conservation of energy has no real physical meaning (pp. 532, 533, Phil. Mag., June 1881). I quite agree that potential energy belongs to a system rather than to a particle, but I do not see that the fact has any hostile significance as regards the question of identity.

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LODGE, O. The Fundamental Axioms of Dynamics. Nature 48, 126–127 (1893) doi:10.1038/048126c0

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