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Locke and Newton The scientific revolution was used to describe a change in intellectual thought during the 16th and 17th centuries This change formed the dividing line between the medieval world and the early modern world Science basically became invented during this revolution The change was in two major areas biology and astronomy Before the 17th century the major concern was with physiology and anatomy Two figures that play a major role in the development in science in the 17th century are John Locke and Sir Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton was born in Woolsthrope as an only child Newton went to Cambridge 1661 while the Scientific Revolution was advancing The works of modern science were appearing Like others of his time Newton began his own separate education by studying Aristotle work Soon Newton learned Descartes and other philosophers who were contrast to Aristotle Newton wrote a set of notes called Certain Philosophical Questions in 1664 This was the beginning of Newtons scientific career Newtons Questions revealed that he had discovered the new conception of nature This set down the framework of the scientific revolution Besides all of Newtons scientific work he had also begun his own studies in mathematics Within a little more than one year Newton had mastered literature from La Gometrie to the application of algebraic techniques He discovered the binomial theorem an then developed calculus Newton was known as the leading mathematician in Europe He then turned to religion and theology in his explorations He wrote a manuscript attempting to prove the Trinitarian passages in the Bill of Rights were latter-day corruptions Newton refused to publish this with fear that his views of anti-Trinitarian would become known Newton was also a leader in English science In London he assumed the role of patriarch of English science He was elected president of the Royal society in 1703 and also named one of the eight foreign associates to the French Acadmie des Sciences
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