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Before Newton
The Life and Times of Isaac Barrow


Mordechai Feingold, Alan E. Shapiro, Michael S. Mahoney, John Gascoigne, Anthony Grafton, Irène Simon, Mordechai Feingold
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521063852

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  • A comprehensive re-evaluation of Isaac Barrow (1630–1677), one of the more prominent and intriguing of all seventeenth-century men of science. Barrow is remembered today - if at all - only as Sir Isaac Newton's mentor and patron, but he in fact made important contributions to the disciplines of optics and geometry. Moreover, he was a prolific and influential preacher as well as a renowned classical scholar. By seeking to understand Barrow's mathematical work, primarily within the confines of the pre-Newtonian scientific framework, the book offers a substantial rethinking of his scientific acumen. In addition to providing a biographical study of Barrow, it explores the intimate connections among his scientific, philological and religious worldviews in an attempt to convey the complexity of the seventeenth-century culture that gave rise to Isaac Barrow, a breed of polymath that would become increasingly rare with the advent of modern science.

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    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521063852
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.554kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Editor's preface
    1. Isaac Barrow: divine, scholar, mathematician Mordechai Feingold
    2. The Optical Lectures and the foundations of the theory of optical imagery Alan E. Shapiro
    3. Barrow's mathematics: between ancients and moderns Michael S. Mahoney
    4. Isaac Barrow's academic milieu: Interregnum and Restoration Cambridge John Gascoigne
    5. Barrow as a scholar Anthony Grafton
    6. The preacher Irène Simon
    7. Isaac Barrow's library Mordechai Feingold

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    Mordechai Feingold


    Mordechai Feingold, Alan E. Shapiro, Michael S. Mahoney, John Gascoigne, Anthony Grafton, Irène Simon, Mordechai Feingold

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