There we proceeded from the direct to the inverse operations.
In general theory the inverse rule seems to prevail.
There is therefore as yet no ground for regarding any deviation from the law of inverse square as more than a possibility.
It is certain that, in the general average, year after year, the force with which Mercury is drawn toward the sun does vary from the exact inverse square of its distance from the sun.
Liberals were scandalized by his apparent identification of " right " with " might," implied in the demand for a strong government; and though he often declared the true interpretation to be that the right would ultimately become might, his desire for strong government seemed too often to sanction the inverse view.