Single Idea 17259

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / A. Classical Physics / 1. Mechanics / c. Forces]

Full Idea

I define 'force' to be the impetus or quickness of motion multiplied either into itself, or into the magnitude of the movent, by means of which whereof the said movent works more or less upon the body that resists it.


The 'movent' seems to be what does the moving

Gist of Idea

'Force' is the quantity of movement imposed on something


Thomas Hobbes (De Corpore (Elements, First Section) [1655], 3.15.02)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Metaphysical Writings', ed/tr. Calkins,Mary Whiton [Open Court 1905], p.100

A Reaction

Not very helpful, perhaps, but it shows a view of force at quite an early date, well before Newton.