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The correspondence between Newton and Hooke on gravitation has been the subject of much discussion (see, for example, Patterson (1949), (1950), Lohne (1960), Westfall (1967), Wilson

An English translation is given in Herivel (1965a). Just how quickly Newton managed to link Kepler's first and second laws to an inverse square law of attraction is still the subject of debate (see, for example, Kollerstrom (1999)).

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