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In the Renaissance artistic expression replaces churchly pronouncements. The people are confused and new philosophers, not associated with the church, try to answer their questions.
In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton's Calculus erects a membrane between the new thinking of science, and the mystical thinking of the church. With publication of Newton's "Principia," the Church could no longer claim sole authority for knowing the relationship of man and God in the universe, nor for his or her place within it.
Eventually, physical existence itself is brought into question by the lines of inquiry put into play by Sir Isaac Newton.
In the exchange of new ideas based on science and observation, the influence of the Church and the Monarchy fade, to be replaced by concerns about economics, politics, society, and needed reform of governing structures. These reforms take shape, first in France, and then in the 13 colonies of the new world. In their foundation governing document the first three words in the US Constitution are: "We the People…" There is no reference to God.
At the beginning of the 19th century, Ada Lovelace is the beautiful and brilliant daughter of Lord Byron in London. Ada is a protégé of computer builder Charles Babbage, and, so, becomes the world's first computer programmer. Albert Einstein, a patent clerk in the Swiss Patent Office publishes a paper on the Special Theory of Relativity in 1905. Einstein's Relativity destroys the clockwork view of the universe as established by Newton nearly 200 years before. The Spaniard Pablo Picasso, a prolific visual artist working in Paris shows "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," at Salon d'Antin in 1907. Most art critics condemn the work. Cubism is born.