Roger Boscovich

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In existographies, Roger Boscovich (244-168 BE) (1711-1787 ACM) (IQ:185|#77) (ID:2.47|75) (RGM:664|1,350+) (Eells 100:44) (CR:20) (LH:3) (TL:23), aka "Ruder Boskovic", was a Croatian mathematical physicist, astronomer, philosopher, diplomat, poet, theologian, and general polymath, aka the “Croatian Leibniz” (Heisenberg, c.1930), noted for his 1758 Theory of Natural Philosophy, in which he outlined a stationary point atom theory, viewing atoms a centers of force.


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The following are related quotes by Boscovich:

“Any point of matter, setting aside free motions that arise from the action of arbitrary will, must describe some continuous curved line, the determination of which can be reduced to the following general problem. Given a number of points of matter, and given, for each of them, the point of space that it occupies at any given instant of time; also given the direction and velocity of the initial motion if they were projected, or the tangential velocity if they are already in motion; and given the law of forces expressed by some continuous curve, such as that of figure one, which contains this theory of mine; it is required to find the path of each of the points, that is to say, the line along which each of them moves. Now, although a problem of such a kind surpasses all the powers of the human intellect, yet any geometer can easily see thus far, that the problem is determinate, and that such curves will all be continuous; a mind which had the powers requisite to deal with such a problem in a proper manner a was brilliant enough to perceive the solutions of it (a such a mind might even be finite, provided the number of points were finite, a the notion of the curve representing the law of forces were given by a finite representation), such a mind, I say, could, from a continuous arc described in an interval of time, no matter how small, by all points of matter, derive the law of forces itself. Now, if the law of forces were known, a the position, velocity a direction of all the points at any given instant, it would be possible for a mind of this type to foresee all the necessary subsequent motions and states, and to predict all the phenomena that necessarily followed from them.”
— Roger Boscovich (1763), A Theory of Natural Philosophy (pg. 141) [1]

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