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“COVID-19, Sir Isaac Newton, and Israel: A Rare Combination at the National Library of Israel”

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

Science is about exploration and revelation. Trial and error. The world’s great genius, Sir Isaac Newton, turned to many unusual sources in his scientific journey of computations, including the Bible. Why was Newton delving into the Bible, ancient cultures, and theology in his pursuit to understand physics? How does the application of scientific methods help us understand philosophy and how does philosophy inform science? Today, in the face of the pandemic, scientists go to great lengths to produce knowledge of scientific significance and creatively decode the challenges we face during the COVID-19 crisis. What can we learn from Newton’s journey?

Renowned physician, commentator, New York Times best-selling author and NLI USA board member Dr. David Agus and NLI Humanities Curator, Dr. Stefan Litt, will examine the interplay between science, history, and philosophy in a talk inspired by the Library’s Newton papers. The session will be moderated by former US Treasury Secretary, and NLI USA Board Co-President, Jack Lew, who will bring into the discussion contemporary questions related to public policy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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