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Physical arguments and moral inducements: John Wallis on questions of antiquarianism and natural philosophy

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In his posthumously published work Chartham News (1669), the antiquary William Somner tentatively sought to link the discovery of fossilized remains near Canterbury to the prehistoric existence of an isthmus connecting Britain and France, before calling on natural philosophers to pursue his explanation further. This call was eventually heeded by the Oxford mathematician John Wallis, but only after more than thirty years had elapsed. The arrival in England of a catalogue of questions concernin...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1098/rsnr.2018.0021

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
History Faculty
Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Notes and Records of the Royal Society Journal website
Volume:
72
Issue:
4
Pages:
413–430
Publication date:
2018-10-17
Acceptance date:
2018-05-08
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ISSN:
1743-0178
Pubs id:
pubs:853410
URN:
uri:458809d5-810c-4433-a074-592e7823487b
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uuid:458809d5-810c-4433-a074-592e7823487b
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pubs:853410

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