The Nebular Hypothesis and the Evolutionary Worldview

  title={The Nebular Hypothesis and the Evolutionary Worldview},
  author={Stephen G. Brush},
  journal={History of Science},
  pages={245 - 278}
  • S. Brush
  • Published 1 September 1987
  • Physics
  • History of Science
One of the most striking changes in our view of the world during the three centuries since Isaac Newton published his Philosophia naturalis principia mathematica is the replacement of Newton's assumption that the world was created by God in essentially its present form by the assumption that it has evolved by natural processes from a radically-different previous state. We usually associate this change with Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection (1859), and thus it is natural… 

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