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Newtonian Revolution in Science and its Intellectual Significance
I. Bernard Cohen (au)
Isaac Newton was born in 1642, the same year of the death of Galileo and 25 years after the death of Shakespeare. He died in 1727, an old man in his eighties, 50 years before the Declaration of Independence. Who was he? What was the nature of the revolution that he produced in science? In what sense was the revolution so profound that a century later it figured prominently in political thought? This essay provides answers to these questions and shows how Newton was the author of not only one, but at least two -- and maybe even three or four -- great revolutions. One was in mathematics and the others were in physical sciences. All of these achievements were the fruit of only a very small part of his early creative life. Illustrations.
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