Early Biographies of Isaac Newton, 1660-1885 / Edition 1

Early Biographies of Isaac Newton, 1660-1885 / Edition 1

by Rob Iliffe
     
 

This two-volume set reproduces early narratives of the life of Isaac Newton (1643-1727), illustrating the evolving way the eminent scientist was viewed and depicted in the years following his death. The first volume begins with reproductions of early pocket books in which Newton recorded his expenses before presenting the more obviously biographical material, which… See more details below

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This two-volume set reproduces early narratives of the life of Isaac Newton (1643-1727), illustrating the evolving way the eminent scientist was viewed and depicted in the years following his death. The first volume begins with reproductions of early pocket books in which Newton recorded his expenses before presenting the more obviously biographical material, which includes accounts of Newton by John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal; Newton's relative by marriage, John Conduitt; William Stukeley; and Bernard de Fontenelle (among others). The bulk of these accounts were penned within the first two or three years of Newton's demise. The second volume jumps quite a few years ahead, containing 12 articles and essays published between 1829 and 1885 a period characterized by a series of revelations about Newton's character that changed depictions of Newton's life, often in starkly different ways. Among the biographical works presented are writings by Thomas Galloway and David Brewster. Each volume is introduced with an essay describing the historical context of the authors and their milieux and considering the relative importance and impact of their varied approaches to Newton's life. Distributed in the US by Ashgate. Annotation © 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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ISBN-13:
9781851967780
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/13/2005
Pages:
928
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 3.40(d)

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