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Single Idea 17010

[catalogued under 26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 6. Laws as Numerical]

Full Idea

The moderns - rejecting substantial forms and occult qualities - have undertaken to reduce the phenomena of nature to mathematical laws.

Gist of Idea

We have given up substantial forms, and now aim for mathematical laws


Isaac Newton (Principia Mathematica [1687], Preface)

Book Reference

Newton,Isaac: 'Philosophical Writings' [CUP 2004], p.41

A Reaction

This is the simplest statement of the apparent anti-Aristotelian revolution in the seventeenth century.

Related Idea

Idea 17009 I won't object if someone shows that gravity consistently arises from the action of matter [Newton]