Isaac Newton’s Legacy: An Insight into Resilient Patterns of Thought
The anniversary of any major scientific event provides an opportunity for retrospective considerations regarding the reception the event has enjoyed in the learned world since it happened. On the one hand, the career of a scientific work reveals the psychological and social reactions to its value and scope and on the other hand it discloses what is perennial or, on the contrary, what is transitory or even evanescent in the spiritual life of an open society during a particular historical period.1 Hence the various images of the event to be celebrated yield a standard by which to measure the degree of its insertion within the scientific tradition.
KeywordsScientific Work Euclidean Geometry Newtonian Mechanic Infinitesimal Calculus Copernican Theory
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