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The enlightened empiricist

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Science  30 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6345, pp. 1341
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4659

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For Isaac Newton, laying the founda­tion of modern physics and astronomy was a bit of a sideshow. He believed that his truly important work was de­ciphering ancient scriptures and un­covering the nature of the Christian religion. How do we think about his career when we consider that Newton wrote vastly more on religious subjects than he did on what we would consider scien­tific ones? Rob Iliffe's new book Priest of Nature pulls back the curtain on what Newton thought of as his life's work, rather than that for which we remember him.