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Matt Rowe 11/15/06 Newton’s Two Texts Newton had one of the greatest minds in the world, but it is unclear the methods in which he came up with these great laws that we take for granted today. In the reading “Newton, Two Selections,” Newton writes an entire section on the method of induction. This leads one to believe that Newton actually used induction to come up with many of the ideas that are credited to him today. But when looking at his work and trying to come up with how he made these bold claims, he seems no different from Aristotle. It was Aristotle who would make general claims from individual cases. That is what induction is, but nowhere in this text does it explain how Newton came to these ideas. And if they were from induction, what were the individual cases that he had to work with? Newton’s way of reasoning seems to have changed over the course of his life. In 1687 when he wrote Principia Mathematica , he was a classical scientist who did not try to prove anything with experiments. He simply knew that the statements he was making were right because he could not disprove them. In 1730 when Newton wrote his book entitled Opticks he transferred over to a more Baconian scientist. In Opticks Newton uses deductive reasoning to theorize his laws and then later back them up with experiments. It is curious to me that he would make this
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This note was uploaded on 06/09/2008 for the course HUEN 1100 taught by Professor Giovannelli,le during the Fall '06 term at Colorado.

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