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Isaac Newton

Academic journal article et Cetera

Isaac Newton

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James Gleick. Isaac Newton. New York: Vintage, 2003.

"Isaac Newton said he had seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants, but he did not believe it. He was born into a world of darkness, obscurity, and magic; led a strangely pure and obsessive life, lacking parents, lovers, and friends; quarreled bitterly with great men who crossed his path; veered at least once to the brink of madness; cloaked his work in secrecy; and yet discovered more of the essential core of human knowledge than anyone before or after. He was chief architect of the modern world."

So begins James Gleick's national bestseller about the man who brought us the scientific concept of gravity, the inertia principle, the idea that a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and the notion that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Newton also invented calculus, but kept this treasure to himself; he devoted many of his productive years to that most secret of sciences, alchemy; and he heretically argued against the Trinity. …

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