"If we can say that the law of gravity was valid before Newton formulated it, then the law itself does not rest in the substance of matter. Instead, it only illustrates the way in which the relations of matter present themselves to a specifically organized mind, and the validity of the laws is independent of the fact that matter exists in reality."

Georg Simmel,
Philophie des Geldes, Chapter 6 part 2

Well put, Georg.

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