Newton’s Law of Action and Reaction
By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
December 22, 2013
Newton’s Law is simplistically stated as: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Newton did not ‘invent’ this law, he simply articulated in words after “contemplation” (i) upon the natural phenomenon in nature and enunciated what are fixed law (ii) in universe.
The falling of an apple on his head while sitting under an apple tree triggered the thought process for proclaiming ‘theory of gravity’ for example could be a fiction but it illustrates how contemplation does to human ‘understanding’ (iii).
This quest for knowledge is essentially based on an assurance (iv) that if it is followed by experiments and research, would finally yield knowledge of the working of laws of nature. This knowledge when applied correctly in practice produces desired results for the benefit of mankind (v).