HIS 292 - Precept 1 Response

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Christian Villaran HIS 292 -  History of Modern Science The Leibniz-Clarke Correspondence Response Reading letters that Newton and Leibniz both architected was really quite interesting in  itself, but what first caught my attention was how heavily influenced both men were by the idea  of God. It seems that the ideas and theories that they came up with to explain and understand  natural phenomena had intentions (who knows whether they were primary or secondary) to  legitimize the existence of an all-powerful being. This was simply contradictory to the  motivations I believed these great thinkers were working under.  I was a bit unsure, however, if I understood Leibniz’s or Newton’s main underlying point  about space and time correctly. Leibniz’s theory, as I understand it, is that space and time are  relative to the objects that live in and within them. A universe that is shifted five feet would still  then be the same universe as long as the objects within it are the same. Newton disagrees and  thinks that there is a discrete amount of space and a set time that  everything  is limited to, and  therefore a universe shifted five feet would be in an entirely different space with a relatively  different time.  Am I understanding the basic gist of these theories correctly, or am I missing  some important aspects? Response to Mendeleev Mendeleev’s style of writing was the first thing to strike me in his writings about the  periodic systems of elements. He seemed to write in a very empirical style, attributing all his  findings to previous peoples’ studies and findings. Unlike previous writers we have read, he  does not concern himself with the implications his findings have on the meaning of life, or their  place within religion. Every assertion he makes is supported with evidence from other scientists’  experiments and their results, and is presented in a calculated and precise manner.  His research comes in a time period highly influenced by the Romantic ideals, and many  of the experimental methodology proposed by Goethe can be seen in Mendeleev’s defense of  his own work. Cooperative research is apparent in his citation of various scientists; he publishes  his theory, as well as the supporting evidence, all at once; he mentions this supporting evidence  as having been done multiple times; and, although not explicitly said, it would seem as if he  minimized artificial experiments in accounting for his theory. This suggests, perhaps, that the  Romantic ideology affected Mendeleev to some extent.
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