### 28/02/2018, 16:00 — 18:00 — Room P3.10, Mathematics Building

Josef Bemelmans, *RWTH Aachen University, Germany*

### Central Results from Newton’s Principia Mathematica

### I. The Body of Least Resistance

Newton solves a variational problem about 10 years before the curve of quickest descent was found, a topic that is regarded to be the beginning of modern calculus of variations.

### II. The Force of Attraction of a Spherical Body** **

First the geometrical proof of this theorem is analyzed; then it is indicated that this result demonstrates the definitive role of mathematics in modern natural philosophy.

#### See also

Poster

Slides I

Slides II

Introduced by Hugo Beirão da Veiga, Università di Pisa.