Who discovered/ defined momentum and impulse?

Please, I want suggestions about materials/ books on the development of Classical mechanics? Something like a history of experiments.


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The formation of the modern notion of momentum is described in the answer to What was the vis viva controversy, including its philosophical aspects?.

As for the history of mechanics in addition to Dave Renfro's excellent suggestions there is Dover's nice little book by Rene Dugas.

  • $\begingroup$ Upvoted for mentioning Dugas's book ☺ $\endgroup$
    – Geremia
    Dec 25, 2014 at 3:04

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