It’s silly questions time again: “Was Newton a scientist or a sorcerer?

Back in May the Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones asked, “Is Leonardo da Vinci a great artist or a great scientist?” making, as I pointed out at the time, a serious category mistake. Something must be in the drinking water at the Guardian because now Stuart Clark on the Guardians Science Blogs is asking “Was Newton a scientist or a sorcerer?” making, you guessed it, a serious category mistake. As my Internet friend Tom Levenson, who is himself something of a Newton expert, pointed out on twitter Gotta stop with “Scientist and/or sorcerer” nonsense. Newton never saw himself in those terms… In fact Tom’s tweet says it all but for those not in the know, who might want to learn more, I will elaborate.

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About thonyc

Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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One Response to It’s silly questions time again: “Was Newton a scientist or a sorcerer?

  1. Pingback: “Was Newton a scientist or a sorcerer? | Early modern philosophy (mostly natural) | Scoop.it

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