natural philosophy

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In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy. BostonGlobe.com, "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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