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Text And Translation: Fragments, First Booklet

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Connection, cohesion, must necessarily behave like chemical affinity and conjoining of the parts of the body or, more precisely, the other way around, like its ability to be decomposed. It has actually already ensued from experience that mechanical attraction behaves like cohesion, and this in turn like chemical attraction. A purely dynamic system will not at all be able to inquire about materials; all chemistry and physics will simply have to measure quantities of motion. Matter without weight has to be that which, according to its dynamic relation, is no longer different from other kinds, therefore also where no moment of action etc. is determined. Solid bodies have a positive center of gravity, droplet-forming fluid ones no center of gravity, and elastically fluid bodies a negative one.

Keywords: chemical affinity; center of gravity; solid bodies

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