Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer

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ISBN: 0-7382-0143-X

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White, Michael, 1959-

Isaac Newton : the last sorcerer / Michael White.
p. cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-201-48301-7 (hc) -- ISBN 0-7382-0143-X (pbk.)
1. Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727. 2. Newton, Isaac, Sir,

1642-1727--Influence. 3.Alchemy--Influence. 4. Physics--History.
5. Science--History. 6. Physicists--Great Britain--Biography.
I.Title.
QC16.N7W45 1997
509′.2--dc21
[B] 99-60012
CIP

Copyright © 1997 by Michael White

Originally published in Great Britain by Fourth Estate Limited

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publisher. Printed in the United States of America.

Number XXV from Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching translated by D.C. Lau ( Penguin Classics 1963.) © D.C. Lau 1963. Reproduced by permission of Penguin Books.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction - Truth Revealed 1
  • 1: Desertion 6
  • 2 - The Changing View Of Matter and Energy 29
  • 3 - Academia 43
  • 4 - Astronomy and Mathematics Before Newton 66
  • 5 - A Toe in the Water 82
  • 6 - The Search for The Philosophers' Stone 104
  • 7 - The Sorcerer's Apprentice 131
  • 9 - To the Principia 190
  • 10 - Breakdown 222
  • 11 - Metamorphosis 255
  • 12 - Old Men's Battles 294
  • 13 - A Question of Priority 325
  • 14 - Joining the Ancients 343
  • References 363
  • Index 387
  • Picture Credits 403
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