Natural philosophy

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In philosophy, natural philosophy (TR:61) (LH:3) (TL:64) is a philosophy based on nature, i.e. as observed, measured, quantified, and felt; which, prior to 1930s or before the Whewell-Coleridge debate (1933), amid which the term "scientist" (Whewell, 1834) was coined, tended to include the divine or supernatural, whereas after it tended to refer to explicitly a non-supernatural nature based philosophy. A natural philosopher, is one who practices the art of natural philosophy, pure or applied.


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Newton’s clear and wide-ranging ideas will retain their unique significance for all time as the foundation of our whole modern conceptual structure in the sphere of natural philosophy.”
Albert Einstein (1953), “What is the Theory of Relativity”, The Times, Nov 28[1]

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  1. Einstein, Albert. (2010). The Ultimate Quotable Einstein (editor: Alice Calaprice; contributor: Freeman Dyson) (Curie, pgs. 117-18; Faraday, pg. 120; Gandhi, pg. 125; Goethe, pg. 125; Kepler, pg. 131; Lorentz, pg. 137; Mach, pg. 138; Michelson, pg. 140; Newton, pg. 140; Pauli, pg. 144; Noether, pg. 144; Planck, pg. 146; Shaw, pg. 151; Spinoza, pg. 152; Tolstoy, pgs. 154-55). Princeton University Press.

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