Sir Isaac Newton, 1727-1927: A Bicentenary Evaluation of His Work

Sir Isaac Newton, 1727-1927: A Bicentenary Evaluation of His Work

Sir Isaac Newton, 1727-1927: A Bicentenary Evaluation of His Work

Sir Isaac Newton, 1727-1927: A Bicentenary Evaluation of His Work

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It is a gratifying proof of the existence of a Commonwealth of Science that the two-hundredth anniversary of Newton's death has seen, in so many parts of the world, gatherings of scholars to recognize his achievements and to honor his memory. That such a gathering should have taken place in the English-speaking countries of the Americas was therefore natural, not so much because of any linguistic force of gravity, but because of the natural brotherhood of those who work in the fields of Newton's many interests.

The papers here published were purposely limited as to length and style. It was the intention of the Society to encourage the preparation of articles which would not merely describe the fields of Newton's activities, but would do so in language that appeals to educated readers in general rather than merely to a small number of highly trained scholars. With this purpose in view the several authors set about to popularize their records of his contributions to scholarship, but without vulgarizing them. That they succeeded in this attempt is evident from the articles themselves. These cover a wide range of human activity, and in so doing they represent the great diversity of Newton's interests--a diversity that was more possible two . . .

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