I am wondering as how does the concept of centre of mass came into being. Considering the usefulness of the concept how were the physicist able to define such a quantity. I mean was it just trial and error or something else? A brief history of the concept would do the job!


  • $\begingroup$ Certainly the intuitive idea would have been known for tens of thousands of years. For example, balancing a spear in your hand before throwing it. And especially several thousand years ago when some of the great engineering projects of the ancient world were carried out, such as the pyramids in Egypt. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Dec 4 '19 at 11:13
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    $\begingroup$ This is already answered in Wikipedia, Archimedes introduced it when developing his theory of the lever. $\endgroup$ – Conifold Dec 4 '19 at 12:22
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    $\begingroup$ We cannot tell for sure since most of the Hellenistic work did not survive. Based on the surviving work "On floating bodies", it seems that the concept is due to Archimedes. $\endgroup$ – Alexandre Eremenko Dec 4 '19 at 14:01
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, look: I take a short vacation and the radio button list for Closing changed! $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Dec 6 '19 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ @CarlWhitthoft Sorry is there any problem in the question? If so tell me I would like to edit it as per the guidelines here (if possible). I'm new here! $\endgroup$ – user10638 Dec 6 '19 at 14:20

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