Milton, Leibniz, and the Measure of Motion

  • Shankar Raman
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Milton’s description of the ‘high Capitol / Of Satan and his peers’ (I:755–6),1 the aptly named Pandaemonium, leads to a memorable account of its architect’s expulsion from heaven:

Men call’d him Mulciber; and how he fell
From Heav’n, they fabl’d, thrown by angry Jove
Sheer o’er the Crystal Battlements: from Morn
To Noon he fell, from Noon to dewy Eve,
A Summer’s day; and with the setting Sun
Dropt from the Zenith like a falling Star,
On Lemnos th’ Aegean Isle: thus they relate,
Erring; for he with this rebellious rout
Fell long before; nor aught avail’d him now
To have built in Heav’n high Tow’rs; nor did he scape
By all his Engines, but was headlong sent
With his industrious crew to build in hell.


Differential Calculus Contingent Truth Paradise Lost Infinite Divisibility Mechanistic Philosophy 
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  • Shankar Raman
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  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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