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> Richard Seddon wrote:
> 
> Peter
> 
> However, as Pope put it in his epitaph
> 
> “Nature and nature’s laws lay hid in night,
> God said ‘Let Newton be’ and all was light”
> 
> BTW there is a whole branch of Quantum Mechanics which ignores time,
> “Time independent Quantum Mechanics”   Sort of an Eliotian Quantum
> Mechanics. :>)

Pope had in mind Newton's Optics, not his gravitational theory. Only
later on did Newton become more famous for his gravity than for his
discoveries in optics. Hence the focus on light in Pope's couplet. Note
also the element of near-blasphemy so frequent in Pope.

Carrol