speranza is great, the greatest, now we know that gravity laws should be written i non banal ways....
On Wed, 19 May 2010, Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx wrote:
--- They don't, McEvoy argues. In a message dated 5/19/2010 3:02:11 P.M., donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx writes: If you don't believe gravity is "an ontological category" [philosophers' code for "something that exists"] try flying without mechanical aid [as Bill Hicks pointed out it is safest to try this not from jumping from a great height but from the ground]. ---- Surely it is conventional to have d2 here: m1 X m2 g = ------------- d2 --- This is Newton's convention. He could have written 'd3' (the cube of the distance that separates them') and so on. The way he defined 'gravity' is SO conventional that it may hurt. Bill Hicks is possbibly right about 'grave' (things are grave), but 'gravity' itself, being a feminine abstract noun, does not exist. Only grave things exist, notably apples -- in Lincolnshire (*) J. L. Speranza --- for Bordighera (* Newton invented the law of gravity when an apple fell as he was napping outside a church in Lincolnshire. He refused to report to the Royal Society on the grounds that it was not Anglican enough -- gravity.)
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