Following Wilkins, both Wren and Robert Hooke utilized ideas that were a mixture of the magnetic philosophy and the increasingly popular mechanistic interpretations of the Cartesians. These ideas were interwoven in the discussions between the two men concerning the comet of 1664. In his Cometa of 1678, Hooke wrote:

... I suppose the gravitating power of the Sun in the centre of this part of the Heaven in which we are, hath an attractive power upon all the bodies of the Planets, and of the Earth that move about it, and that each of those again have a respect answerable, whereby they may be said to attract that sun in the same manner as the

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