Newton.

Newtonian physics… described a universe in which everything happened precisely according to  law, a compact, tightly organized universe in which the whole future depends strictly upon the whole past. Such a picture can never be either fully justified or fully rejected experimentally and belongs in large measure to a conception of the world which is supplementary to experiment but in some ways more universal than anything that can be experimentally verified. We can never test by our imperfect experiments whether one set of physical laws or another can be verified down to the last decimal.

– Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society

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