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Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton
Adventurer in Thought


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  • Author: A. Rupert Hall, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London
  • Date Published: April 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521566698

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  • In this elegant, absorbing biography of Isaac Newton (1642–1727), Rupert Hall surveys the vast field of modern scholarship in order to interpret Newton's mathematical and experimental approach to nature. Mathematics was always the deepest, most innovative and productive of Newton's interests. However, he was also a historian, theologian, chemist, civil servant, and natural philosopher. These diverse studies were unified in his single design as a Christian to explore every facet of God's creation. The story of Newton's life and discoveries has been greatly altered by exploration of his huge manuscript legacy during the last forty years, throwing new light upon his personality and intellect. Hall's discussion of this research shows that Newton cannot simply be explained as a Platonist, mystic, or magus. He remains a complex and enigmatic genius with an immensely imaginative and commonsensical mind.

    • Stimulating, up-to-date summaries of recent research on Newton's contributions to mathematics, optics, and mechanics
    • Reads easily yet never unduly modernises or simplifies its subject matter
    • Highlights Newton as the greatest natural philosopher of the seventeenth century
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    '… admirable and scholastic tome …'. Irish Astronomical Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521566698
    • length: 488 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General editor's preface
    1. The hopeful youth, 1642–1664
    2. 'The prime of my age for invention', 1664–1667
    3. Widening horizons, 1667–1669
    4. The professor of mathematics, 1669–1673
    5. Publication and polemic, 1672–1678
    6. Life in Cambridge, 1675–1685
    7. The chemical philosopher, 1669–1695
    8. The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, 1679–1687
    9. Private and public life, 1685–1696
    10. Fluxions and fury, 1677–1712
    11. Opticks, or a Treatise of Light, 1687–1718
    12. Life in London, 1696–1718
    13. A man of authority and learning, 1692–1727
    14. Later books, 1706–1726
    15. Kensington, 1725–1727

  • Author

    A. Rupert Hall, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London

    Preface by

    David Knight

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