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Beyond a Boundary: Reflections on Newton the Historian, Theologian, and Alchemist

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Article

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Authors

Mandelbrote, Scott 

Abstract

In 1963, the Trinidadian historian C.L.R. James adapted Rudyard Kipling to “pose the question What do they know of cricket who only cricket know? To answer involves ideas as well as facts.” My remarks here relate neither to empire nor to cricket, but to studies of Isaac Newton. Newton himself acted to shape historical commentary on his life and work, which have been the subject of historical study at least since the time of his death. From the beginning of Newton’s public life in the 1670s, access to his working papers became important in forming the reception of his ideas. Newton himself shared material, often conditionally, while on occasion seeking broader access to information generated by others. Major shifts in the interpretation of Newton’s ideas have accompanied significant change in what was known about his activities and interests.

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50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 5002 History and Philosophy Of Specific Fields

Journal Title

EARLY SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

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Journal ISSN

1383-7427
1573-3823

Volume Title

26

Publisher

Brill