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Sir Joshua Reynolds: You cannot do better than have recourse to nature herself, who is always at hand. Blake: Nonsense--Every Eye Sees differently As the Eye--Such the Object
--Poetry and Prose of William Blake
The child born in 1900 would, then be born into a new world which would not be a unity but a multiple.No doubt unintentionally, Einstein misled the archbishop in assuring him that relativity in physics was purely a scientific matter unrelated to religion. In fact, the early literature of "the new outlook" reveals unmistakably the emergence of the modern relativity theme from the matrix of nineteenth-century religious debate. Though this theme owed much of the energy of its nineteenth-century development to its monopolization by militant freethinkers hostile to religion, it takes one of its earliest forms, very surprisingly, as nothing other than a piece of theological apparatus. Lenin's association of the scientific relativism he despised with reactionary ecclesiastical interests is to this extent not utterly fantastical.
--The Education of Henry Adams
Excerpted from Victorian Relativity: Radical Thought and Scientific Discovery by Christopher Herbert Copyright © 2001 by Christopher Herbert. Excerpted by permission.
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