HomeHistory of Church and ScienceThe 18th Century

The 18th century was a rich period in the history of science, including the publication of the final edition of Newton’s work, the acceptance of the Copernican system by the Church, and the active role of Jesuit observatories in observing the Transits of Venus. One hero of this era is Fr. Roger Boscovich, who (among his other accomplishments) first proposed the modern atomic theory of matter.


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