inertial movement

inertial movement

motion without the need for a force. Often occurs when a body segment has been previously accelerated. Consequence of Newton's first law of motion. See also ballistic movement.
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The scientific parallel to Transtromer's metaphor of 'the great unknown' he holds steady can well be the so-called Mach principle, which states that every single inertial movement, let us say the spinning of a whirligig, is dependent on the total mass of matter in the universe.
When you add to the digital magnetic compass an accelerometer, you have the ability to measure inertial movement.

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