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played an important role already in the Newtonian mechanics (I. Newton) of the 17th century, though it was not until after the mid 19th century, with the growing understanding of the nature of heat and its conversion into work, that the significance of the “law of energy conservation” was accepted as a general principle in physics and chemistry. This empirically secure princi-ple states that for every physical system, isolated from its environment, there is a sum which denotes the size of an abstract entity, called energy, and that this su…

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Mottelson, Ben R., “Energy”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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