Sir David Brewster (1781–1868) was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, and writer of international reputation. His biography of Sir Isaac Newton, published in 1855 and reissued in 1860, was the result of over twenty years' research, undertaken while publishing hundreds of scientific papers of his own. Brewster made use of previously unknown correspondence by Newton, and his own scientific interests, particularly in optics, meant that he was able to understand and explain Newton's work. It covered the many facets of Newton's personality and work, remaining the best available study of Newton for over a century. Brewster reveals much about the science of his own time in his handling of earlier centuries, and as a cleric was obviously uncomfortable about the evidence of Newton's unorthodox religious views and alchemical studies. Volume 2 covers the period from the dispute with Leibniz to Newton's death, and considers his posthumous reputation.
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- Date Published: December 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108025577
- length: 454 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 26 x 140 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- contains: 5 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
15. Nicolas Facio de Duillier attacks Leibnitz
16. Newton declines taking orders
17. Newton's health impaired
18. Newton occupied with the lunar theory
19. No mark of national gratitude conferred on Newton
20. Sir Isaac is anxious to have the Greenwich Observations published
21. Dissensions in the Royal Society
22. Leibnitz attacks Netwon's Philosophy
23. The Princess of Wales obtains from Newton a manuscript abstract of his system of chronology
24. Theological writings of Newton
25. Sir Isaac's early study of chemistry
26. Newton's first attack of ill health, and his recovery
27. Permanence of Newton's reputation
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