Isaac Newton Quote

The best and safest method of philosophizing seems to be, first to enquire diligently into the properties of things, and to establish these properties by experiment, and then to proceed more slowly to hypothesis for the explanation of them. For hypotheses should be employed only in explaining the properties of things, but not assumed in determining them, unless so far as they may furnish experiments.


Letter to Ignatius Pardies (1672) Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (Feb. 1671/2) as quoted by William L. Harper, Isaac Newton's Scientific Method: Turning Data Into Evidence about Gravity and Cosmology (2011)

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The best and safest method of philosophizing seems to be, first to enquire diligently into the properties of things, and to establish these...

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The best and safest method of philosophizing seems to be, first to enquire diligently into the properties of things, and to establish these...

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The best and safest method of philosophizing seems to be, first to enquire diligently into the properties of things, and to establish these...

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The best and safest method of philosophizing seems to be, first to enquire diligently into the properties of things, and to establish these...