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natural philosophy

An obsolescent term for physics.
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Sir Isaac Newton FRS: English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, theologian, natural philosopher, and alchemist
John Theophilus Desaguliers; a natural philosopher, engineer and freemason in Newtonian England.
Always serious, never condescending, he was as brilliant a lecturer as he was an experimentalist and natural philosopher.
The famously verbose 17th-century natural philosopher and pioneer of the scientific method argued that technical communication demands detail, not brevity.
Natural philosopher Robert Hooke (1635-1703) began his career as an apprentice to the painter Sir Peter Lely, but complained that the smell of oil paint gave him headaches and cut the apprenticeship short.
He was the "last wellknown natural philosopher to concern himself with the hidden properties of gemstones" (Daston, 40), but he was also careful to draw a crucial distinction between the "True and Medical Virtues that belong to Gems; and that, as to those Magical and other Extravagant properties, that either notoriously fabulous, or other credulous Writers have made bold to deliver.
Bacon's presence as a central character in Greene's play and his creation of a talking brass automaton are not accidental: By the early 1500s this Friar had become an icon for alchemy's dangerous social effects, and had come to be seen as a wizard more than a natural philosopher.
Although most of the works he produced at Avignon were theological or apocalyptic in content, at least two, the Liber lucis and the Liber de consideratione quinte essentie omnium rerum, were alchemical--although John disdained the term alchemy, preferring to style himself a natural philosopher.
Take the Space theatre company is bringing Hanging Hooke, the story of 17th-century natural philosopher Robert Hooke, to Southport Arts Centre.
Organised by Birmingham University, Birmingham City University and The Birmingham Assay Office, the conference is open to all and will consider Boulton as a pioneering industrialist, a natural philosopher and a patron of the arts.
Writers who expressed vitalist views, such as John Milton, natural philosopher Henry More, hermeticist Thomas Vaughan, and his brother Henry, "objected to the separation of matter and spirit in natural philosophy and theology," believing that "all matter is living and, most explicitly in Milton's theology, derived from the substance of God" (6-7).
This emphasis on making includes Harvey's view of experiments as modes of creation, in which the ideas of the natural philosopher find their realization, and Spenser's designs on the reader to fashion him into a gentleman.