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Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton: The Feud That Ushered in Modern Science. The professor will describe the conflicting characters of Robert Hooke and Isaac Newton and the clash of personalities that took place at the origins of modern science. Robert Hooke was clearly a Renaissance man referred to as “London’s Leonardo” and Isaac Newton, while a Renaissance man, tended toward the more mysterious, alchemical, and religious pursuits. Much, if not most, of modern science and mathematical understandings can be traced back to the first half of the 1600s and the Royal Society for the Advancement of Natural Philosophy at Cambridge University. The characters involved in this society and the ideas that were promoted laid the groundwork for virtually all modern science. He will discuss this hodgepodge of often conflicting theories and the personalities that authored these theories.