Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Ruđer Bošković

The first page of figures from Theoria Philosophiæ Naturalis from 1763. Figure 1 is the force curve which received so much attention from later natural philosophers such as Joseph Priestley, Humphrey Davy, and Michael Faraday. The ordinate is force, with positive values being repulsive, and the abscissa is radial distance. 
 

Ruđer Josip Bošković (see names in other languages; 18 May 1711 – 13 February 1787) was a theologian, physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, Jesuit, and a polymath[1] from the city of Dubrovnik in the Republic of Ragusa (today in Croatia), who studied and lived in Italy and France
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