The Seventeenth Century


THOSE who remember the brilliant chapter by Prof. Whitehead on “The First Physical Synthesis”, in “Science and Civilization” (Unity Series), will rejoice greatly in Mr. G. N. Clark's volume. Prof. Whitehead said that 1642, the year of the death of Galileo and the birth of Newton, was one of the crucial points in the history of mankind. It marked “the centre of that period of about 100 years during which the scientific intellect of Europe was framing the synthesis which has remained down to our own times the basis of science. ... Our modern civilization is due to the fact that in the year when Galileo died, Newton was born. Think for a moment of the possible course of history supposing that the life's work of these two men were absent. ...”

The Seventeenth Century.

G. N. Clark. Pp. xii + 372. (Oxford: Clarendon Press; London: Oxford University Press, 1929.) 15s. net.

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MARVIN, F. The Seventeenth Century . Nature 127, 191–192 (1931).

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