Early attraction physics

It was 1600 England when the first real science book was published, in a Latin that was probably the first attempt at a Scientific Latin that very few if any really fully understood. 
 
The book was William Gilbert's 'De magnete, magneticisque corporibus et de magno magnete Tellure, physiologia nova, plurimis et argumentis et experimentis demonstrata' - or 'On the magnet, magnetic bodies and the great magnet the earth; A new science, with many both argument and experiment proofs.' 
 
De Magnete detailed Gilbert's many new experiments on magnetism and static electricity and their results. It also included in brief a widely misunderstood physics theory which he believed that his experiments proved and which basically involved robot-atoms attracting and repelling eachother by emitting signals he termed 'effluvia' to which they responded by moving themselves automatically.
 
Gilbert's action-at-distance signal-response remote-control physics was automatic cause-effect science allowing of different physical forces, not just the one push force of Galileo-Descartes physics based on only inert atoms or inanimate matter. Gilbert's physics may have seemed more able to handle life and thinking and so to less require any God, though he seems to have believed in a God existing. But most later physicists tried to allow God some place in physical causation or in an additional spiritual universe and took all or most matter as inert, so Gilbert's unique physics was widely opposed though never really disproved.
 
His physics being based on robots and signal response long before the computer age, was a physics theory way before its time. It was largely not understood and was generally dismissed as being magic based, but Kepler's study of Gilbert seems to have given him his major astronomy breakthrough. And one physicist who took Gilbert's Attraction Theory seriously was Isaac Newton, probably the most astute physicist ever, who applied it very successfully to the somewhat simpler Gravity phenomenon. This signal-response physics is basically an advanced information-handling physics way ahead of its time and though disapproved of old is still not really disproved.
 
Gilbert had briefly described his general physics as also applying to non-magnetism forces like electric charge and gravity, as in his postumously published De Mundo basically saying,
"The force which emanates from the moon reaches to the earth, and, in like manner, the 'magnetical virtue' of the earth pervades the region of the moon: both correspond and conspire by the joint action of both, according to a proportion and conformity of motions, but the earth has more effect in consequence of its superior mass ; the earth attracts and repels the moon, and the moon, within certain limits, the earth ; NOT so as to make the bodies come together as magnetic bodies do, but so that they may go on in a continuous course.".
 
 
PS. Inspiration for these Attraction Physics ideas are fully credited to Vincent Wilmot and his website at http://www.new-science-theory.com/ and of course to the originator of attraction theory William Gilbert and to Isaac Newton - also see Steve Pumfrey (Lancaster University
science historian) in 'Cambridge Scientific Minds' CUP 2002 and VincentWilmot+
 
 
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