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83,054. Qui genus humanum ingenio superavit. Inscription on base of statue
80,110. Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians, the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians, the last great mind that looked out on the visible and intellectual world with the same eyes as those who began to build our intellectual inheritance rather less than 10,000 years ago. (Magic & Newton) John Maynard Keynes, address Royal Society Club 1942
78. Nature and Nature’s laws lay hid in night:
God said, ‘Let Newton be.’ And all was light. (God & Nature & Isaac Newton & Light & Epitaph) Alexander Pope
2,535. ‘Newton spent much of his time absorbed by alchemy.’ (Science & Alchemy & Isaac Newton) Genius of Britain: The Scientists who Changed the World, Channel 4 2012, Jim Al-Khalili
2,536. He [Newton] wondered what light might be made of and wanted to know how vision worked. (Science & Isaac Newton & Light & Vision) ibid.
2,539. ‘Isaac Newton was becoming an increasingly eccentric figure.’ (Science & Isaac Newton) ibid.
2,540. Hooke had spurned the one man with the mathematical talents to help him understand the laws of the universe. (Science & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Laws) ibid.
2,542. [Edmond] Halley flattered, cajoled and chastised Newton in turns. (Science & Isaac Newton) ibid.
2,543. The greatest book ever written in history ... Principia Mathematica. (Science & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Laws) ibid.
2,544. The Principia spelled out for the first time the mathematical principles that governed the universe. And the law of gravity that holds all matter in place. (Science & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Gravity & Laws) ibid.
2,758. Newton realised there was a force at work deep within the fabric of the universe that makes all objects attract each other. (Universe & Cosmology & Gravity & Isaac Newton) Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design: The Key to the Cosmos
3,411. A classic example is Isaac Newton’s Theory of Gravity. Which he could never have come up with without the prior work of Royal Society founder Robert Hooke. Even geniuses can benefit from teamwork. (Gravity & Isaac Newton) Niall Ferguson, Civilisation: Is the West History? 2011
3,427. When he was younger he had threatened to burn the house down with his mother and his step-father in it. Described as artificial, unkind, arrogant, he was one of the most brilliant minds of his or any other generation. There are few more famous legends in the whole history of science than that of Newton in the orchard. A moment of genius when the young Isaac Newton first worked out a comprehensive theory of gravity. (Gravity & Isaac Newton) Michael Mosley, The Story of Science
3,428. His monumental work explaining that gravity held the universe together was published in 1687: Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. (Gravity & Isaac Newton) ibid.
3,433. He [Newton] said this: Gravity is a force of attraction between all objects. (Newton & Gravity) Professor Brian Cox, Wonders of the Universe: Falling 3/4
113,132. Isaac Newton: To be buried in W A was an honour usually reserved for kings and nobles … Newton was no ordinary man. (Science & Newton) Brian Cox, Science Britannica II: Method and Madness, BBC 2013
113,134. Newton was one of the first to interrogate nature using the principles of what we now call the Scientific Method. (Science & Newton) ibid.
5,788. His [Newton’s] achievements were solitary ... Mathematics: he invented what we know call the Calculus ... Newton kept ‘fluxions’ as his secret tool. (Evolution & Isaac Newton & Mathematics & Human Being) Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 1973: The Majestic Clockwork 7/13
5,789. He had his own small laboratory and his own garden. (Evolution & Isaac Newton & Human Being) ibid.
5,790. Newton had conceived the idea of a universal gravitation in the plague year of 1666. (Evolution & Isaac Newton & Gravity & Human Being) ibid.
5,791. He practised alchemy; in secret he wrote immense tomes about the Book of Revelation. (Evolution & Isaac Newton & Book of Revelations & Alchemy & Human Being) ibid.
5,792. The village boy had made good. (Evolution & Isaac Newton & Human Being) ibid.
5,773. The universe of Newton ticked on without a hitch for about two hundred years. (Evolution & Isaac Newton & Human Being) ibid.
30,791. In the summer of 1693 Isaac Newton was having a catastrophic nervous breakdown. He had always suffered intense bouts of depression and mania. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Depression & Science) Tristram Hunt, Great Britons: Isaac Newton
30,792. When he was still a young boy his mother left him ... Isaac had to stay behind at Woolsthorpe. He was effectively abandoned. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science & Rejection) ibid.
30,793. His favourite book was The Mysteries of Nature & Art. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,794. A lonely schoolboy was laying the foundations of modern science. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,795. He then drew up a list entitled Some Problems in Philosophy. Under forty-five different headings he identified what he saw as the great unanswered questions of science. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,796. The image of the lone scientists in his garden unlocking the mysteries of the universe resonates through history ... Rather than developing a full theory of Gravity he put it to one side and rather focused his mind on a completely different branch of science: Optics. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,797. Knowledge to him was something sacred and solitary ... He made the world’s first reflecting telescope. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science & Knowledge) ibid.
30,798. His sense of betrayal and injustice was overwhelming. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,799. Instead became obsessed with the Bible. It seems an extraordinary chance of tack. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science & Bible) ibid.
30,800. Unknown to others he had been consumed by alchemy ... The Lucasian Professor had become the sorcerer’s apprentice ... He wrote over a million words on alchemy. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science & Alchemy) ibid.
30,801. He decided to write a definitely guide to the workings of the universe ... At a stroke Newton had changed everything: the cosmos had become knowable, mathematical; it was a staggering achievement. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,802. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica ... One such first edition was recently sold at auction for £2,000,000. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science & Book) ibid.
30,803. He was concerned with motion ... Newton was able to devise the three laws of motion. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
30,804. He left us ideas, ideas that allow us to control the forces of Nature and change our world. Ideas that will always be with us wherever we go. (England & Great Britain & Newton & Science) ibid.
83,032. In 1727, just weeks before his death, one of the most famous men of his day is busy burning boxfuls of his manuscripts. What could have been in them that he was so desperate to destroy? (Newton & Alchemy) Mystery Files: Isaac Newton