Isaac Newton: Adventurer In Thought by A. Rupert HallIsaac Newton: Adventurer In Thought by A. Rupert Hall

Isaac Newton: Adventurer In Thought

byA. Rupert HallPreface byDavid Knight

Paperback | April 26, 1996

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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.
David Knight is a writer. He lives in Colorado.
Title:Isaac Newton: Adventurer In ThoughtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:April 26, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052156669X

ISBN - 13:9780521566698


Table of Contents

General editor's preface; 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; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

From Our Editors

The story of Isaac Newton's life and discoveries had been greatly altered by exploration of his huge manuscript legacy during the last thirty to forty years. This research has thrown new light upon both his personality and his intellect. Rupert 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 a mind both immensely imaginative and immensely commonsensical.

Editorial Reviews

"...for anyone with an interest in the intellectual life of 17th century England it is well worth reading."