with respect to time, order in nature, or the essential character of
Table of comparative concepts:
|space & time are absolute||space evolves|
|time is linear & a variable||time is cyclical|
|energy is force or F=M*V||inheritance & reproduction are forces|
|matter is measurable||Organisms transform matter|
|atomistic mechanism||organic evolution|
Sir Isaac Newton, experimental, mathematician & physicist
born the poor son of a illiterate, yeoman farmer 12/25/1642, in Lincolnshire.
mechanically inclined child
home was at Woolsthorpe
1661 entered Trinity College in Cambridge
1665 plague forced him home for safety
discovered bright white light is a composite of refracted colors
formulated the law of universal gravitational attraction (inverse square law)
created fluxions as the foundation of differential Calculus
1667 returned when Cambridge reopened in the Spring for his Masters degree
1684 he describes the planetary orbits for Halley as an ellipse!
1687 his notes & proofs became The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
1703 President of the Royal Society
1704 published the Opticks 1706, 1721, 1730 editions
57 of 121 original alchemical books recovered from the Newton collection.
John Maynard Lord Keynes wrote of Newton, “He regarded the universe as a cryptogram set by the Almighty. . . .”
As a unitarian, piety and righteousness were two preeminent expressions of value characteristic of Newton’s moral imagination.
*B. J. T. Dobbs,
The Foundations of Newton’s Alchemy: or the Hunting of the Green Lion.
Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1975.