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ISAAC NEWTON: RATIONALISING THE UNIVERSE

I.S. GLASS

in Revolutionaries of the Cosmos

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550258
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718700 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0003
ISAAC NEWTON: RATIONALISING THE UNIVERSE

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This chapter begins by discussing Isaac Newton's biography and private life. It notes some of Newton's traits, which allowed him to face all the hurdles that came his way. It investigates how he developed his interest in the logical consistency in nature like the daily variations of the tides and the extent of the Moon's influence. It states that it was during the Bubonic plague years that he developed most of his basic mathematical ideas but remained secretive and failed to publicise them. It investigates how derived ideas such as the laws of motion and gravity. It also talks about his construction of the first reflecting telescope. This chapter also discusses how Newton gained recognition from his fellow researchers and how he tried to make more achievements, the Principia and the Opticks. It tells of some of the social acquaintances that Newton has made throughout his life as a scientist.

Keywords: Isaac Newton; Bubonic plague; first reflecting telescope; Principia; Opticks; laws of motion; laws of gravity

Chapter.  15436 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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