Energy Timeline

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    During the fourth century, Aristotle talked a bit about the idea of energy in a book called Nicomachean Ethics. He proposed that heavier objects roll faster than others. Please disregard the month and and day of this listed event.
  • Jan 1, 1570

    Galileo Galilei

    Galileo Galilei
    Around the 1500's and 1600's, Galileo Galilei dropped objects ffrom the Pisa Tower and rolled items over a sloped surface. He observed that the higher the object is, the more speed it will have when fallen or rolled down.
  • Rene Descartes

    Rene Descartes
    During the early 1600's, Rene Descartes believed that energy is in constant motion
  • Leibniz

    Around the 1600's, Leibniz argued for the "vis viva," or living force. The vis viva theory states that living force is calculated by multiplying the mass of an object by its speed squared.
  • Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton
    Isaac Netwon proposed the idea of gravity in his book Principia.
  • Leibniz Calculus

    Leibniz Calculus
    The laws of Calculus developed by Leibniz were accepted in England.
  • Laws of Thermodynamics

    Laws of Thermodynamics
    During the 1850's, the laws of mechanics were compiled to form the Laws of Thermodynamics.
  • Theory of Relativity

    Theory of Relativity
    In 1905, Einstein started forming his Theory of Relativity and compiling his work and findings.
  • Law of Conservation of Energy

    Law of Conservation of Energy
    The Law of Conservation was proved.
  • Manhattan Project

    Manhattan Project
    The Manhattan Project initiated to start building the world’s first atomic bomb. (Atomic energy)