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Voltaire and Sir Isaac Newton

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Jola Pach

on 20 September 2013

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Voltaire and Sir Isaac Newton
As the popularity of Shakespeare's ideas grew in France and other parts of Europe, however, Voltaire began to condemn the barbarity of Shakespearean plays.
Sir Isaac Newton
Newton's Influence on Voltaire
Newton's theories had a profound influence on Voltaire, and Voltaire made it his mission to publicize Newton's work.

Voltaire's Writing on Newton
Elements of Newton's Philosophy
Voltaire's Support of Newton
Attended Newtonian public lectures, and met his sister but never Newton himself.
Before Shakespeare had been well known outside of England, Voltaire advocated that French playwrights imitate Shakespeare's style because French plays lacked action.
Soon after this, Voltaire began to support the sciences and the movement of knowledge that replaced the old focus on religion.
He became interested in Sir Isaac Newton.
Born 1642 in Winthrop, England.
Voltaire's writing about Newton brought about the first time that Newton's ideas were accepted by the intellectual world and accessible to the public.
Lettres Philosophiques
Believed deeply in Newton's ideas on gravity and optics (color spectrum).
Origin of apple story.
Theories on optics, gravity, mechanics, and laws of motion.
Key figure of scientific revolution.
Work on calculus
By Jola, Gustavo, and Skirmante
Voltaire turned to the scientific revolution.
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