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Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton

Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108025584

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  • 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.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108025584
    • length: 910 pages
    • dimensions: 330 x 252 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.52kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Dedication
    1. Great discoveries previous to the birth of Sir Isaac Newton
    2. Newton enters Trinity College, Cambridge
    3. Newton succeeds Barrow in the Lucasian Chair
    4. Newton writes notes on Kinkhuysen's Algebra
    5. Mistake of Newton in supposing the length of the spectra to be the same in all bodies
    6. Newton on the cause of the moon's libration
    7. Newton's hypothesis of refraction and reflexion
    8. Influence of colour in the material world
    9. Newton's discoveries on the inflexion of light
    10. Miscellaneous optical researches of Newton
    11. Astronomical discoveries of Newton
    12. The first idea of gravity occurs to Newton in 1665
    13. The Newtonian philosophy stationary for half a century, owing to the imperfect state of mechanics, optics, and analysis
    14. History of the infinitesimal calculus
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    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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    David Brewster

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