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Reading Milton and Newton in the Radical Reformation: Poetry, Mathematics, and Religion (2017)


In a recent essay, Nicholas McDowell demonstrates that, as mortalists, John Milton and Isaac Newton should be situated in the same, historically specific “radical Reformation”--and not separated on opposing sides of the “two cultures” of humanism and science. Pointing McDowell’s argument in a slightly different direction, I maintain that Milton’s and Newton’s shared heresy also is informed by kindred strands of new mathematical thinking. If as a mortalist, Newton becomes Milton’s radical Reformational contemporary, then, by upholding mathematics as the perfect paradigm of scientia (in Areopagitica and elsewhere), Milton becomes Newton’s intellectual compeer--and not his outmoded opposite.

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Review Ágnes Bató (2018) Review of "Reading Milton and Newton in the Radical Reformation: Poetry, Mathematics, and Religion". Journal of Literature and Science (pp. 122-123). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Flesch, William
Whittington, Leah
Edwards, Karen L.
Duran, Angelica
McColley, Diane Kelsey
Rand, Michael
Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Cambridge University Press
Duquesne University Press
Harvard University Press
Cornell University Press
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Science and literature
Poetry and poetics
Science and ethics
Natural philosophy
Milton, John
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Descartes, René
Shakespeare, William
Fludd, Robert
Browne, Thomas
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
15th century
19th century
Florence (Italy)

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