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‘The PRINCIPIA,

above all,

glows with the immortality of a transcendent mind.

Marble and brass dissolve and pass away;

but the true creations of genius endure,

in time and beyond time,

forever: high upon the adamant of the indestructible,

they send forth afar and near,

over the troublous waters of life,

a pure, unwavering, quenchless light whereby the myriad myriads of barques,

richly laden with reason, intelligence and various faculty,

are guided through the night and the storm,

by the beetling shore and the hidden rock,

the breaker and the shoal,

safely into havens calm and secure.’

 

Isaac Newton, Introduction to the Principia, 1687 

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