The revelation that Sir Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest scientist of all time, practiced the covert art of alchemy may shock us today, but was this pursuit considered deviant in Newton’s own era? To find out, we spoke to Bill Newman, an historian of science at Indiana University who spent years deciphering Newton's secret coded recipes. More on PBS.
Good one, thanks! Imagine what more he might have been able to accomplish without religion in the way.
Indeed. Or even with more technology. I mean, brains are great and all, but technology helps us understand the world so much. With it we can explore realms inaccessible to us under normal circumstances. Ex: fMRIs