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Did most or just few physicists think in 1900 that there was nothing important left to discover?

Even Kelvin, who is commonly "credited" with this idea, did not think so, see Passon, Kelvin's clouds and Yanes, Lord Kelvin and the End of Physics, Which He Never Predicted. Kelvin's 1900 ...
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Why was the concept of momentum invented in the first place, and what is its history?

Wikipedia has a decent history section. For more information about physics during that time period, Julian Barbour wrote an amazing book entitled The Discovery of Dynamics.
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What is the difference between Newton's definitions and axioms?

I agree with the trend of the comments, and believe that in most cases Newton was trying to write straightforwardly even where we might find difficulty, perhaps partly owing to the lapse of time and ...
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What is the difference between Newton's definitions and axioms?

Borrowing from another post: Are Newton's laws just definitions? "Newton follows the Euclidean tradition of presenting mathematical proofs by first providing a set of definitions which are then ...
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