1. Isaac Newton
Although Sir Isaac Newton is best known for his scientific achievements, he also focused on occult studies in alchemy (the forerunner to modern chemistry), chronology, and biblical interpretation. In Newton’s time, certain branches of occultism were almost identical to science. With his insatiable appetite for knowledge, Newton was as interested in the occult as the hard sciences.
In particular, he was obsessed with alchemy. He spent quite some time experimenting with the so-called philosopher’s stone, a mythical substance that could transform any metal into silver or gold. Even more exciting, the philosopher’s stone was supposed to cure all diseases, possibly leading to immortality.
Newton was also fascinated with discovering biblical codes to decipher scripture for scientific information. He researched the geometric proportions of the Temple of Solomon, even developing a theory that it explained themathematical mysteries of the universe.
His interest in the occult inspired many of his scientific discoveries. Although he is remembered today as a great scientist, he was known in his time for investigating the spiritual and the mysterious as a way to solve the problems of his day.
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