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Isaac Newton's Natural Philosophy (Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology) Paperback – January 30, 2004
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Jed Z. Buchwald is Director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology and Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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One reads with envy about the gravity attached to matters of scientific research policy at the time: "there has been much canvassing and intrigue made use of, as if the fate of the Kingdome depended on it" (p. 77). "On the eve of Newton's election as president, matters had deteriorated to such an extent that various fellows could be restrained only with difficulty from a public exchange of blows (or, in one case, the drawing of swords)" (p. 93).
So what was this conflict on which "the fate of the Kingdome" depended? The "philomats" identifying with Newton attacked the naturalists thus: "That Great Man [Newton] was sensible, that something more than knowing the Name, the Shape and obvious Qualities of an Insect, a Pebble, a Plant, or a Shell, was requisite to form a Philosopher, even of the lowest rank, much more to qualifie one to sit at the Head of so great and learned a Body." (p. 77)
The naturalists, for their part, identified with Bacon, who had complained about "the daintiness and pride of mathematicians, who will needs have this science almost domineer over Physic. For it has come to pass, I know not how, that Mathematics and Logic, which ought to be but the handmaids of Physic, nevertheless presume on the strength of the certainty which they possess to exercise dominion over it." (p.Read more ›
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