„The seventeenth century witnessed the birth of modern science as we know it today. The science was something new, based on a direct confrontation of nature by experiment and observation. But there was another feature of the new science—a dependence on numbers, on real numbers of actual experience.
... The ancients knew a few numerical laws... But prior to the Scientific Revolution, the goal of science (or the study of nature) was not to seek laws of nature expressed in terms of numbers or number relations.... the new science... not only found laws based on numbers but they were also willing to express these laws in terms of higher powers of numbers—squares and cubes.“
— I. Bernard Cohen American historian of science 1914 - 2003