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The Life of Isaac Newton by Richard S. Westfall

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SHORTLY AFTER HIS RETURN from Woolsthorpe late in April 1667, the magnificent funeral of Matthew Wren, bishop of Ely, escorted by the entire academic community in full regalia according to their ranks and degrees, must have reminded Newton that he stood then only on the first step of the university hierarchy and that others loomed immediately ahead. In only a few months he would face the first and by far the most important of these, the fellowship election. As with the scholarship three years earlier, Newton’s whole future hung in the balance of this election. It would determine whether he would stay on at Cambridge and be free to pursue his studies or whether he would return to Lincolnshire, probably to the ...

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