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The Newton papers : the strange and true odyssey of Isaac Newton's manuscripts, Sarah Dry

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The Newton papers : the strange and true odyssey of Isaac Newton's manuscripts
Title
The Newton papers
Title remainder
the strange and true odyssey of Isaac Newton's manuscripts
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Dry
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Language
eng
Summary
"When Isaac Newton died at 85 without a will on March 20, 1727, he left a mass of disorganized papers--upwards of 8 million words--that presented an immediate challenge to his heirs. Most of these writings, on subjects ranging from secret alchemical formulas to impassioned rejections of the Holy Trinity to notes and calculations on his core discoveries in calculus, universal gravitation, and optics, were summarily dismissed by his heirs as "not fit to be printed." Rabidly heretical, alchemically obsessed, and possibly even mad, the Newton presented in these papers threatened to undermine not just his personal reputation but the status of science itself. As a result, the private papers of the world's greatest scientist remained hidden to all but a select few for over two hundred years. In The Newton Papers, Sarah Dry divulges the story of how this secret archive finally came to light--and the complex and contradictory man it revealed. Covering a broad swath of history, Dry explores who controlled Newton's legacy, who helped uncover him, and what, finally, we know about him today, nearly three hundred years after his death. The Newton Papers presents the eclectic group of collectors, scholars, and scientists who were motivated to track down and collect Newton's private thoughts and obsessions, many of whom led extraordinary lives themselves--from economist John Maynard Keynes to Abraham Yahuda, a friend of Albert Einstein and key figure in the founding of Israel. The 300-year history of the disappearance, dispersal and eventual rediscovery of Newton's papers exposes how Newton has been made, and re-made, at the hands of unique and idiosyncratic individuals, reflecting the changing status of science over the centuries"--
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1974-
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Dry, Sarah
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Newton, Isaac
  • Newton, Isaac
  • Science
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The Newton papers : the strange and true odyssey of Isaac Newton's manuscripts, Sarah Dry
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-228) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Keynes at the sale -- The death of Newton -- The inheritors -- Petrifying Newton -- The madness of Newton -- The meanness of Newton -- Getting to know the knowers -- Wrangling with Newton -- Newton divided -- English books, American buyers -- The dealers -- The Sotheby sale -- The revealed Newton -- The Newton industry -- The search for unity -- The ultimate value
Control code
FIEb17565881
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 238 pages
Isbn
9780199951048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)859384225
Label
The Newton papers : the strange and true odyssey of Isaac Newton's manuscripts, Sarah Dry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-228) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Keynes at the sale -- The death of Newton -- The inheritors -- Petrifying Newton -- The madness of Newton -- The meanness of Newton -- Getting to know the knowers -- Wrangling with Newton -- Newton divided -- English books, American buyers -- The dealers -- The Sotheby sale -- The revealed Newton -- The Newton industry -- The search for unity -- The ultimate value
Control code
FIEb17565881
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xi, 238 pages
Isbn
9780199951048
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)859384225

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