The Crisis of Newtonianism: Philosophy, Religion, and Science in Early Modern Britain
Friends of the Libraries speaker series,Tuesday, October 30, 4:10 pm, Scheler Humanities Forum (Linderman 200).
Presented by Patrick J. Connolly, Lehigh assistant professor of philosophy.
Isaac Newton is considered to be one of the greatest scientists in history. But this was not always the case. In the decades following the publication of the Principia Mathematica, Newton’s views were the subject of intense criticism on both philosophical and religious grounds.
This lecture will explore the attempts by Newton and some of his followers to defend Newtonianism from its critics. Specifically, it will examine the efforts of Richard Bentley and William Whiston to show that the discovery of gravitational attraction might be put to use in defending religious orthodoxy. The lecture will also investigate the significance of an important Newton manuscript held by Lehigh’s Special Collections.
This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.