1703 : Isaac Newton’s Opticks

Taking on more diverse subjects such as light, electricity, and magnetism, Newton speculates on the possibility of a wider assortment of principles just like gravity that govern matter as it operates in other ways. He asserted that God imbued matter with forces that acted at a distance, which put him at odds with purely mechanical philosophy, and that uncovering the principles of nature’s operation is important even if the causes yet remain mysterious.