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Newton and Lao Tzu

Newton and Lao Tzu

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“To tell us that every Species of Things is endow'd with an occult specifick Quality by which it acts and produces

manifest Effects, is to tell us nothing: But to derive two or three general Principles of Motion from Phænomena, and afterwards to tell us how the Properties and Actions of all corporeal Things follow from those manifest Principles, would be a very great step in Philosophy, though the Causes of those Principles were not yet discover'd: And therefore I scruple not to propose the Principles of Motion abovemention'd, they being of very general Extent, and leave their Causes to be found out.” Newton, Isaac. Opticks. 4th ed. London: William Innys at the West-End of St. Paul's, 1740. Web.

“Exterminate the sage, discard the wise, And the people will benefit a hundredfold;”

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