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Cindy Shi HIST 282 Thursday, 11:15 am January 22, 2008 Reading Response 1 Most would agree that much of what encompasses the scientific world today has some degree of mathematical reason behind it. For example, the use of formulas to conduct calculations is not rare in the scientific field. According to Bowler and Morus, before the seventeenth century scholars based their knowledge solely on ancient texts— mainly Aristotle and his followers. However, a “New Science” emerged later on where knowledge was based more on personal experience, rather than what was read out of a book. At first it may seem that knowledge based on something like mathematics is more logical because it provides something concrete, whereas personal experience does not provide the same amount of certainty because outcomes can vary. However, this does not always prove to be the case. A significant member of this Scientific Revolution was Isaac Newton with his publication of Opticks where he explores various properties of light and
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2008 for the course HIST 2820 taught by Professor Dear, p during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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