Isaac Newton
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"Knight Bachelor/Sir Isaac Newton" /motion of objects on Earth and of celestial mechanics/celestial bodies could be described by the same principles. His prediction that the Earth should be shaped as an oblate spheroid was later vindicated by the measurements of Pierre Louis Maupertuis/Maupertuis, Charles Marie de La Condamine/La Condamine, and others, which helped convince most Continental European scientists of the superiority of Newtonian mechanics over the earlier system of René Descartes/Descartes.

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