The gravitational paradox

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Tadeusz Pabjan


Philosophical as well as scientific disputes about the role gravitation plays in the structure of the universe took place long before the high-tech cosmology emerged. One of the main topics of these disputes was the problem of the so-called gravitational paradox, which appears when one applies the Newtonian laws of gravity to the whole material content of the universe. According to these laws, gravitation should cause a global collapse what is obviously inconsistent with observations. Various formulations of this paradox are analyzed and their historical context is presented.

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Pabjan, T. (2011). The gravitational paradox. Philosophical Problems in Science (Zagadnienia Filozoficzne W Nauce), (48), 111–126. Retrieved from