Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 11, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 468 pages
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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 exploration during the past forty years of Newton's huge manuscript legacy, has greatly altered previous stories of Newton's life, throwing new light on his personality and intellect. Hall's discussion of this research, first published in 1992, shows that Newton cannot simply be explained as a Platonist, or mystic. He remains a complex and enigmatic genius with an immensely imaginative and commonsensical mind.
  

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Contents

Foreword
xiii
Acknowledgement
xvi
1 The Hopeful Youth 16421664
1
2 The prime of my age for invention 16641667
30
3 Widening Horizons 16671669
65
4 The Professor of Mathematics 16691673
90
5 Publication and Polemic 16721678
116
6 Life in Cambridge 16751685
143
10 Fluxions and Fury 16771712
249
11 Opticks or a Treatise of Light 16871704
279
12 Life in London 16961718
294
13 A Man of Authority and Learning 16921727
322
14 Later Books 17061726
349
15 Kensington 17251727
368
Appendices
381
Notes
399

7 The Chemical Philosopher 16691695
179
8 The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy 16791687
202
9 Private and Public Life 16851696
225

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Hall is with the Imperial College.

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