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The science of bodies in motion is called dynamics; what is the science of bodies at rest called?

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Answer: statics

The word dynamics derives from the German dynamisch, a term coined by Leibnitz in the late 17th century from the Greek dynamikos, powerful.

The word statics derives from the Greek statikos, that which causes something to stand. The sense "balancing forces" is first recorded in 1802.

Static, in the sense "radio noise" is from 1913; the sense "verbal hassle" is from 1926.

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