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The Life of Isaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall

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The Solitary Scholar

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWTON SET OUT FOR CAMBRIDGE early in June 1661. There was no greater watershed in his life. Although he would return to Woolsthorpe infrequently during the next eighteen years, with two extended visits during the plague, spiritually he now left it, and what a later commentator has called the idiocy of rural life, once and for all. Three short years would put him beyond any possibility of return, though three more years, perhaps somewhat longer, had to pass before a permanent stay in Cambridge was assured. His accounts show that he stopped at Sewstern, presumably to check on his property there; and after spending a second night at Stilton as he skirted the Great Fens, he arrived at Cambridge on the fourth of ...

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