Social Newton

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In terms, social Newton (TR:157) (LH:16) (TL:173), shortcut key: (SN:#), refers to someone characterized as: a “Newton of social science” (McKean, 1864), “another Newton” (Adams, 1910), “new Aristotle” (Fosdick, 1924), a “few super Einsteins” (Wheeler, 1935), “Galileo or the social sciences” (Henderson, c.1942), “Newton of the moral world” (Stark, 1963), among other varieties; one who has been said to have produced a Social Principia like treatise, i.e. a person who attempted to do for the social sciences what Newton did for the mechanical sciences or celestial mechanics.


The following is a work-in-progress ranking of the historical or classical social Newtons:

# Name Top 2K Overview
Goethe 75.jpg Johann Goethe
(206-123 BE)
(1749-1832 ACM)
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“1642 [Newton’s birth] is the Christmas of the modern age.”

“The moral symbols of nature and society are the elective affinities discovered and employed by the great Bergman."

Adams 75.png Henry Adams
(117-37 BE)
(1838-1918 ACM)
Pareto 75.png Vilfredo Pareto
(107-32 BE)
(1848-1923 ACM)
Winiarski 75.png Leon Winiarski
(90-40 BE)
(1865-1915 ACM)
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Dolloff 75.png Norman Dolloff
(48 BE-29 AE)
(1907-1984 ACM)
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Friedrich Nietzsche 75.png Friedrich Nietzsche
(111-55 BE)
(1844-1900 ACM)
Rossini 75.png Frederick Rossini (56 BE-35 AE)
(1899-1990 ACM)
(IQ:180|#140) Rossini eq.png
Henderson 75.png Lawrence Henderson
(77-13 BE)
(1878-1942 ACM)
Edwin Wilson 75.png Edwin Wilson
(76 BE-9 AE)
(1879-1964 ACM)
(IQ:180|#111) Wilson eq.png
Carey 75.png Henry Carey
(162-76 BE)
(1793-1879 ACM)
Buchner 75.png Ludwig Buchner
(131-56 BE)
(1824-1899 ACM)
Holbach 75.png Baron Holbach
(232-166 BE)
(1723-1789 ACM)
Tukey 75.png John Tukey
(40 BE-45 AE)
(1915-2000 ACM)
Mehdi Bazargan 75.png Mehdi Bazargan
(48 BE-40 AE)
(1907-1995 ACM)
John Stewart (walking) 75.png John Stewart
(208-133 BE)
(1747-1822 ACM)
Stewart 75.png John Q. Stewart
(61 BE-17 AE)
(1894-1972 ACM)
Ostwald 75.png Wilhelm Ostwald
(102-23 BE)
(1853-1932 ACM)
Roeber 75.png Eugene Roeber
Rankine 75.png William Rankine
(135-83 BE)
(1820-1872 ACM)
Hauriou 75.png Maurice Hauriou
(99-26 BE)
(1856-1929 ACM)
Schopenhauer 75.png Arthur Schopenhauer
(167-95 BE)
(1788-1860 ACM)
Lotka 75.png Alfred Lotka
(75-6 BE)
(1880-1949 ACM)
Fairburn 75.png William Fairburn
(79-8 BE)
(1876-1947 ACM)
Lang 75.png Kaj Lang
Bray 75.png Henry Bray
Ward 75.png Lester Ward
Quetelet 75.png Adolphe Quetelet
Ed Stephan 75.png Ed Stephan
Haret 75.png Spiru Haret
No image 2.png Emanuele Sella
Greef 75.png Guillaume Greef
George Scott 75.png George Scott
Arthur Iberall 75.png Arthur Iberall
No image 2.png Julius Davidson
Montroll 75.png Elliott Montroll
Rashevsky 75.png Nicolas Rashevsky
Charles Fourier 75.png Charles Fourier
(183-118 BE)
(1772-1837 ACM)
His 1808 Theory of the Four Movements and the General Destinies, has been characterized as a Social Principia (Kaufmann, 1874), among other volumes, wherein he outlines his so-called “theory of the passions”, in terms of work and forces; coined the term feminism; eponym of Fourierism, defined as a “systematic set of economic, political, and social beliefs”; characterized a “Newton of the moral sciences” (Ulam, 1976).
Portuondo 75.png Antonio Portuondo
No image 2.png Eduard Sacher
Fatigati 75.png Enrique Fatigati
Algarotti 75.png Francesco Algarotti
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Freud 75.png Sigmund Freud
(99-16 BE)
(1856-1939 ACM)
Edgeworth 75.png Francis Edgeworth
Lundberg 75.png George Lundberg
Georges Guillaume 75.png Georges Guillaume
Majorana 75.png Ettore Majorana
(49-17 BE)
(1906-1938 ACM)
Roberty 75.png Eugene Roberty
Brennan 75.png Teresa Brennan
Brisbane 75.png Albert Brisbane
Hume 75.png David Hume
(244-179 BE)
(1711-1776 ACM)
“Newton of moral sciences” (John Passmore, c.1960) (Ѻ)

“Newton of the moral sciences” (Michael Foley, 1990)

Comte 75.png Auguste Comte
(157-98 BE)
(1798-1857 ACM)
Sales 75.png Jean Sales
(214-139 BE)
(1741-1816 ACM)
Balfour Stewart 75.png Balfour Stewart
Montesquieu 75.png Charles Montesquieu
Honore Balzac 75.png Honore Balzac
Boodin 75.png John Boodin
Desaguliers 75.png John Desaguliers
Madison 75.png James Madison
Berkeley 75.png George Berkeley
Maupertuis 75.png Pierre Maupertuis
(257-197 BE)
(1698-1758 ACM)
Weiss 75.png Albert Weiss
Snyder 75.png Carl Snyder
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The following are related quotes:

“The recurrence during the eighteenth century Enlightenment of the aspiration to be the ‘Newton of the moral sciences’ testifies to the prestige not just of celestial mechanics, but of the ‘experimental method’ more generally.”
— Stefan Collini (date), “Introduction” to Charles Snow’s The Two Cultures [1]

End matter

See also


  1. Collini, Stefan. (1993). “Introduction”, in: The Two Cultures (author: Charles Snow) (pg. x). Canto.

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