Punch,  17 (1849), 233 [243].

Newton Confuted



Essay, Drollery


Physics, Gravity, Mechanics, Amusement, Light, Natural Law

    Apologising for differing from Isaac Newton, the author denies 'the universality of his rule as to the earth's attraction' owing to the fact that there are many 'spots of the earth' that 'possess no attraction whatever'. Gives examples of such spots, including the Vauxhall Gardens when '4000 of the additional 5000 lamps' have been extinguished by wind or rain.

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