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1. The Newtonian Synthesis 1. Illustrates Isaac Newton’s major contributions 2. Most important because took variety of theories, concepts, scientific ideas and put it together—the synthesis to produce a cohesive system that remains in place for several hundred years. Became very popular 2. Newton at Cambridge—attended in early 1660’s. 1. University was going through a revolutionary change; the professors had lost confidence in old Aristotelian view, and had not found anything to replace. 1. Old style of science, the new model was not completely formed; it was “between paradigms” 2. Students had the opportunity to participate in the discovery of the new model 2. Trinity College, the most prestigious colleges at Cambridge. Attended a college after the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) but Newton rejected the Trinity…ha ha ha. 3. He was not a good student, didn’t go to class, read assignments, was a solitary scholar. Liked to study what interested him, not interested in the official curriculum. If he attended school at a different time, he would have flunked out; but because during the mid 1660’s the university was going thought an academic crisis, and never enforced the curriculum. 4. Did graduate work, became a professor. Received the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics—very prestigious. Reserved for person who is regarded as most brilliant mathematician/scientist of age. 3. Newton and Alchemy 1. Read a lot in natural Philosophy 1. Robert Boyle, Descartes 2. Alchemy very few of top natural scientists had this interest 1. Exchanged letters with Boyle, John Locke 2. Took alchemy seriously as a scientific pursuit overtime, people narrow their understanding as what is science. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Loeberg during the Spring '09 term at Cal Poly.

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April 14 - 1. The Newtonian Synthesis 1. Illustrates Isaac...

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