Isaac Newton: And the Scientific Revolution

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Oxford University Press, USA, 19 sep. 1996 - 155 pagina's
In 1665, when an epidemic of the plague forced Cambridge University to close, Isaac Newton, then a young, undistinguished scholar, returned to his childhood home in rural England. Away from his colleagues and professors, Newton embarked on one of the greatest intellectual odysseys in the history of science: he began to formulate the law of universal gravitation, developed the calculus, and made revolutionary discoveries about the nature of light. After his return to Cambridge, Newton's genius was quickly recognized and his reputation forever established. This biography also allows us to see the personal side of Newton, whose life away from science was equally fascinating. Quarrelsome, quirky, and not above using his position to silence critics and further his own career, he was an authentic genius with all too human faults.
 

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Chapter 1 To Play Philosophically
1638
Chapter 2 My Greater Friend
1650
Chapter 3 Of Genius Fire and Plague
1664
Chapter 4 The Revolutionary Professor
Chapter 5 Kindling Coal
Chapter 6 The Alchemist
Chapter 7 A Book Nobody Understands
Chapter 8 Your Most Unfortunate Servant
Chapter 9 Mark of the Lion
Chapter 10 The Royal Society
Chapter 11 War
Chapter 12 Like a Boy on the Seashore
Chronology
Further Reading
Index
Copyright

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Gale E. Christianson was retired from Indiana State University, where he served as Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History. He was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Huntington Library Fellow, and the recipient of numerous other grants and awards.

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