Halley’s Atheism and the end of the world

@article{Schaffer1977HalleysAA,
  title={Halley’s Atheism and the end of the world},
  author={S. Schaffer},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  year={1977},
  volume={32},
  pages={17 - 40}
}
  • S. Schaffer
  • Published 1977
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Edmond Halley’s views on theology and natural philosophy have often drawn puzzled attention both from his contemporaries and from subsequent scholars. There has seemed to be a contrast between some public statements he made when under pressure from ecclesiastical authority, and his continued, and privately-held, faith in the over-arching relevance of science (1). However, it now emerges from some unpublished papers which Halley read to the Royal Society in the 1690s that he made public his own… Expand