natural philosophy

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Recent Examples on the Web In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 The word scientist itself was new, having only been coined in 1833, the result of a newly professionalizing discipline that was moving away from an older model of natural philosophy. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 21 July 2021 In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy. BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2021 Morris gestures toward a better one, by titling each section with a discipline in which Edison distinguished himself: each backward-marching decade is matched to botany, defense, chemistry, magnetism, light, sound, telegraphy, or natural philosophy. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 3 Dec. 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Natural philosophy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natural%20philosophy. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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