The parallelogram law in the works of d’Alembert and Kant

Carmen Martinez-Adame

Abstract


We compare two approaches given to the parallelogram law as a fundamental notion in eighteenth century mechanics. The authors we study are Kant and d’Alembert and we use the context created by Newton’s Principia as our point of departure.


Keywords


Parallelogram law; composition of motion; phoronomy

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.1548