Cartesian vortices, 1692 artwork

Cartesian vortices, 1692 artwork

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Caption: Cartesian vortices, 17th century artwork. This artwork is from the 1692 edition of Principia Philosophiae (1692) by the French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes (1596-1650). The title translates as 'Principles of Philosophy', and the book was first published in 1644. It was a work of natural philosophy, setting forth Descartes' views on physics, including principles on uniform motion that preceded the later work by Newton. Cartesian vortices were Descartes' attempt at a mechanical explanation for gravity.

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