Royal Society Publishing

Le Sage's Essai de chymie méchanique

J. S. Rowlinson


Le Sage's Essay was an ingenious eighteenth–century attempt to explain both the cohesive forces between particles of matter and gravitational forces, without recourse to Newtonian attraction at a distance. His explanation of cohesive forces never gained acceptance but the application to gravity drew some attention in the nineteenth century, and some recent physical work has a curious similarity to his ideas on cohesion.