Energy - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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History of the Concept

Energy and Force

Aristotle was the first to use energeia as a technical term in his conceptual scheme, where it often signified the progressive "actualization" of that which previously existed only in potentiality. He also seems to have formed, though in an implicit manner, the idea of energy in the sense of accumulated force or accumulation of force. Force, for him, was not only the cause of motion but also the factor determining the duration or extent of motion. In the Physics he formulated the fundamental law of his dynamics, which, in modern terminology, states that the velocity, D/T (distance divided by time), of a mobile is proportional to the ratio of the magnitude of the moving force, A, and the resistance, B, a relationship that he described by enumerating exhaustively all possibilities under which AT/BD remains constant (with the exception of doubling...

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