What really leaps out at me is that the Presbyter's from their reading of the bible were profoundly motivated to pursue empirical and thus scientific inquiry in order to deeply understands GOD's creation. This obviously spilled over into the creation of the Scottish enlightenment and our first modern universities in the next three generations and even reached myself centuries later.
Milton clearly understood that human understanding of science was mutable and proceeded to take no sides while presenting the opposing positions. Quite respectable really. I would like to see more of that myself in science. Now we need to discover a deeply annotated version of Milton's work. I am not going to waste my time there without a fine road map as i did with Dante and Beowulf and Chaucer. We always lack period allusions otherwise...
‘Cycle and Epicycle, Orb in Orb’: the science of Paradise Lost
‘Essential amino acids, dexterously/synthesised, are a mix of mirror/image forms.’ In the early 19th century, Erasmus Darwin prefigured in scientific verse the theories of evolution through natural selection of his grandson Charles, writing: