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

Author: Sarah Dry
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Dry
ISBN: 9780199951048 0199951047
OCLC Number: 859384225
Description: xi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Sarah Dry.

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The untold story of Newton's private papers, hidden for centuries, sold for a pittance and then painstakingly reconstructed to reveal a man altogether stranger and more complicated than the genius of  Read more...
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Not only is the book a valuable contribution to the history of Newton's work, but it is a most enjoyable read with elements of a good detective story J. S. Rowlinson, Science Progress Sarah Dry tells Read more...

 
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