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Chapter 8:
The Solidification of Optics
Why did science begin to bloom in the seventeenth century? There are many ways to answer this simple question. The intellectual reawakening begun with the Renaissance was broadening with a substantial impact on science. Shakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616. In France, Jean Racine (1639 to 1699) moved passions with his writings. John Milton (1608 to 1674) espoused the republican view in England. Francis Bacon (1561 to 1626) contributed to both philosophy and science, and attained political eminence.
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