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Italy. The mid-eighteenth century. A ragtag band of adventurers - a physicist, the Pope, and his secretary - set out to reform science.


Did Isaac Newton believe in ghosts? No he did not "Lust, Pride, and Ambition: Isaac Newton and the Devil" by Stephen Snobelen

Did he believe the Earth was alive though? Yes he did "The Magical Enlightenment of Isaac Newton" by Simon Werrett

various sources on Laura Bassi:

  • "Science as a Career in Enlightenment Italy: The Strategies of Laura Bassi"Author(s): Paula FindlenSource: Isis, Vol. 84, No. 3 (Sep., 1993), pp. 441-469
  • "The Desire to Contribute: An Eighteenth-Century Italian Woman of Science"Author(s): Gabriella Berti LoganSource: The American Historical Review, Vol. 99, No. 3 (Jun., 1994), pp. 785-812
  • "Laura Bassi and Science in the 18th Century," lecture by Monique Frize 

info on Maria Dalle Donne, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, and Laura Bassi, and the general petitioning of Benedict XIV: 

  • "Women and the Practice and Teaching of Medicine in Bologna in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries"Author(s): GABRIELLA BERTI LOGANSource: Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Vol. 77, No. 3 (Fall 2003), pp. 506-535

more on Newton and Descartes:

  • quote about hypotheses from (which says it's from the footnotes of the second edition of Newton's Principia)
  • "The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments" by George Johnson (book), Chapter 3: "Isaac Newton: What a Color Is"

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