Bob4419 Wrote:
May 19, 2012 3:25 PM
gravity be viewed as a separate entity, an "invisible force," thus enabling him to quantify it and do the math. He didn't argue, BTW, that he was providing a "neutral" description of reality, but that it would be fruitful to view gravity through a mathematical lens (in the opening passages of the Principia). The means of empiricism rely on objectification, and this treats objects as unambiguously distinct from one another, and hence countable and mathematizable. What Newton did was to objectify gravity, and this led to much empowerment of modern science.