When Renee Descartes was 21, he was visited by an angel (or had a vision in which he was visited by an angel, if you want to be a doubter). The angel confirmed all of his hopes saying that the world is fundamentally mathematical in nature. Descartes went on to lay the foundation for the scientific world view that reality is mathematical and objective.
For some reason, science hasn’t accepted the angel as one of its founding myths the way it accepted the persecution of Galileo and the falling apple of Newton.
The Bedford Hillsian (discovered during random blog surfing. The blog went defunct in 2010)