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The Life of Isaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall

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A Sober, Silent, Thinking Lad

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISAAC NEWTON was born early on Christmas Day 1642, in the manor house of Woolsthorpe near the village of Colsterworth, seven miles south of Grantham in Lincolnshire. Because Galileo, on whose discoveries much of Newton’s own career in science would squarely rest, had died that year, a significance attaches itself to 1642. I am far from the first to note it – and undoubtedly will be far from the last. Born in 1564, Galileo had lived nearly to the age of eighty. Newton would live nearly to the age of eighty-five. Between them they virtually spanned the entire Scientific Revolution, the central core of which their combined work constituted. In fact, only England’s stiff-necked Protestantism permitted ...

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