1543: On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, by Nicolaus Copernicus
On the Fabric of the Human Body, by Andreas Vesalius
1609: The New Astronomy, by Johannes Kepler
1620: The New Organon, by Francis Bacon
1628: An Anatomical Study of the Motion of the Heart, by William Harvey
1637: Discourse on Method, by René Descartes
1638: Discourses on the Two New Sciences, by Galileo Galilei
1660: New Experiments Physico-Mechanicall, by Robert Boyle
1687: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, by Isaac Newton
1704: Optics, by Isaac Newton
1. Should Copernicus have happily accepted Osiander's preface?
2. Which, if any, of Newton's rules do you agree with? Which rationales? Which examples?
3. What distinguishes science from business?
But with regard to the material world, we can at least go so far as this-we can perceive that events are brought about not by insulated interpositions of Divine power, exerted in each particular case, but by the establishment of general laws.
-William Whewell, quoted in Darwin's Origin