December 29, 2014

Why Newton had no friedly word for common sense

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“Could all the phaenomena of nature be deduced from only thre [sic] or four general suppositions there might be great reason to allow those suppositions to be true.” (Newton, quoted in Westfall, 2008, p. 642)

This does not sound like a plea for induction or common sense (see the Newton page for more).

Westfall, R. S. (2008). Never at Rest. A Biography of Isaac Newton. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 17th edition.