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Author Iliffe, Rob
Title Newton : A Very Short Introduction
Imprint Cary : Oxford University Press, 2007
©2007
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Descript 1 online resource (117 pages)
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Note Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Acknowledgements -- Preface -- Contents -- List of illustrations -- 1 A national man -- 2 Playing philosophically -- 3 The marvellous years -- 4 The censorious multitude -- 5 A true hermetic philosopher -- 6 One of God's chosen few -- 7 The divine book -- 8 In the city -- 9 Lord and master of all -- 10 Centaurs and other animals -- Further reading -- Index
Newton's contributions to our understanding of the heavens and the earth are considered by many to be unparalleled. This Very Short Introduction explains his remarkable scientific theories, and also uses Newton's own unpublished writings to paint a picture of an extremely complex man whose beliefs had a huge impact on Europe's political, intellectual, and religious landscape. - ;This Very Short Introduction uses Newton's own unpublished writings to provide fascinating insight into the man who kept the Royal Society under his thumb, was Head of the Mint, and whose contributions to our understanding of the heavens and the earth are considered by many to be unparalleled. The author begins with the legends surrounding Newton before next exploring the forces that shaped his life, introducing, along the way, many of the key thinkers and politicians of the time. Although Newton's science was largely revered (his reputation reached near-immortal status with the publication of the Principia), theologically, his beliefs were very controversial. He was a fanatical Protestant, and claimed that tribes like the Goths, Vandals, and Huns had tried to save the planet from. the corruption of the Catholics. He was also convinced that he was specially chosen by God to protect the original, pure form of Christianity, and viewed any criticisms directed at him as a form of persecution. Resisting the urge to show how Newton's views on alchemy, mathematics, physics, and religion complemented one another, the author instead emphasises that these were the very different obsessions of an extremely complex man whose beliefs at the time dominated England's political, religious, and intellectual landscape. - ;Slim yet informative...The style is elegant and he steers through the shoals of Newton's difficult personality - he made enemies everywhere he went - and the more
controversial aspects of his career - the alchemy and heresy - with an assured hand. - Joe Cushley, What's On In London
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Iliffe, Rob Newton : A Very Short Introduction Cary : Oxford University Press,c2007 9780199298037
Subject Newton, Isaac, -- Sir, -- 1642-1727.;Scientists -- Great Britain -- Biography
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