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Ideas of J.R. Mayer, by Text

[German, fl. 1842, Physicist.]

1842 Remarks on the forces of inorganic Nature
p.199 p.266 Gravity isn't a force, because it produces effects without diminishing
     Full Idea: If gravity be called a force, a cause is supposed which produces effects without itself diminishing, and incorrect conceptions of the causal connexions of things are thereby fostered.
     From: J.R. Mayer (Remarks on the forces of inorganic Nature [1842], p.199), quoted by Brian Ellis - Scientific Essentialism 8.03
     A reaction: This seems like a brilliant prelude to the proposal that gravity is actually the 'curvature' of space (whatever that is!).