natural philosophy


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Recent Examples on the Web Like Runciman, Spengler employed a natural philosophy to organize world history into a series of quasi-biological trajectories. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Roberts, 51, has long been a beauty pioneer as well: That megawatt smile; those effortless curls; and, of course, her all-natural philosophy on body hair that has been turning heads since the ‘90s. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Just Proved Why 50 Is the New 30," 3 Dec. 2018 In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy., "This day in history," 5 July 2018 Stanislas Wawrinka gave Olympia a pair of tiny blue Tod’s driving loafers, and Novak Djokovic continues to send articles in accordance with his everything-natural philosophy. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Serena Williams on Motherhood, Marriage, and Making Her Comeback," 10 Jan. 2018 In natural philosophy, Newton despised speculation. David Davis, WSJ, "Newton the Faithful," 4 Aug. 2017 And both were involved with the Royal Society in London, in the flourishing of empiricism and natural philosophy that took place across the country and in the trying of exotic and newly available food and drink—tea, coffee, chocolate, pineapples. The Economist, "Pepys and Evelyn, chroniclers of the English Renaissance," 31 Aug. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Natural philosophy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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