If Newton had SuperCalc, would we have Calculus?

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If Newton had SuperCalc, would we have Calculus?
« on: 08/02/2011 03:57:01 »
A highly speculative question I admit, but if Newton had access to SuperCalc, or one of it's derivatives (hehe), like Excel, would he even have bothered to develop The Calculus?
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If Newton had SuperCalc, would we have Calculus?
« Reply #1 on: 08/02/2011 13:15:14 »
He woudn't have written anything of mathematics or physics: he would have passed all his life trying to understand the Supercalc's functioning  [;)]
« Last Edit: 09/02/2011 16:25:44 by lightarrow »

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If Newton had SuperCalc, would we have Calculus?
« Reply #2 on: 08/02/2011 17:00:22 »
I am glad that Sir Isaac spent his time developing strange mathematical procedures and self-experimenting; if he had been a child of the 1970-80 his great intellect would have been devoted to separating me from my money in new and inventive ways. 
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If Newton had SuperCalc, would we have Calculus?
« Reply #3 on: 10/02/2011 19:21:42 »
Don't you think he would have found it he** on wheels to find his place inside physics, considering his interest in the slightly 'unusual' :)

Alchemy I mean.

Wouldn't it been sweet if it actually had worked out. Wonder how society would look then? And physics :) All dressed in black robes mumbling incantation over different colored powders, turning levers and directing the rays of the sun. Yep, I think it would have been interesting, although no weirder than what we have as it is :)
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