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The Life of Isaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall

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Anni Mirabiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE mathematics dominated Newton’s attention during the months that followed his discovery of the new world of science, although it did not completely obliterate other interests. Sometime during this period he also found time to compose the “Quaestiones,” in which he digested current natural philosophy as efficiently as he did mathematics. The other mathematicians and natural philosophers of Europe were unaware that a young man named Isaac Newton even existed. To those who knew of him, his fellow students in Trinity, he was an enigma. The first blossoms of his genius flowered in private, observed silently by his own eyes alone in the years 1664 to 1666, his anni mirabiles.

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