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Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton 2 Volume Set

Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton 2 Volume Set

by David Brewster

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Sir David Brewster (1781–1868) was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, and writer of international reputation. His biography of Sir Isaac Newton, published in 1855 and reissued in 1860, was the result of over twenty years' research, undertaken while publishing hundreds of scientific papers of his own. Brewster made use of previously unknown correspondence by Newton, and his own scientific interests, particularly in optics, meant that he was able to understand and explain Newton's work. It covered the many facets of Newton's personality and work, remaining the best available study of Newton for over a century. Brewster reveals much about the science of his own time in his handling of earlier centuries, and as a cleric was obviously uncomfortable about the evidence of Newton's unorthodox religious views and alchemical studies.

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ISBN-13: 9781108025584
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Physical Sciences
Pages: 910
Product dimensions: 9.92(w) x 12.99(h) x 2.76(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Dedication; Preface; 1. Great discoveries previous to the birth of Sir Isaac Newton; 2. Newton enters Trinity College, Cambridge; 3. Newton succeeds Barrow in the Lucasian Chair; 4. Newton writes notes on Kinkhuysen's Algebra; 5. Mistake of Newton in supposing the length of the spectra to be the same in all bodies; 6. Newton on the cause of the moon's libration; 7. Newton's hypothesis of refraction and reflexion; 8. Influence of colour in the material world; 9. Newton's discoveries on the inflexion of light; 10. Miscellaneous optical researches of Newton; 11. Astronomical discoveries of Newton; 12. The first idea of gravity occurs to Newton in 1665; 13. The Newtonian philosophy stationary for half a century, owing to the imperfect state of mechanics, optics, and analysis; 14. History of the infinitesimal calculus; Appendix. Volume 2: 15. Nicolas Facio de Duillier attacks Leibnitz; 16. Newton declines taking orders; 17. Newton's health impaired; 18. Newton occupied with the lunar theory; 19. No mark of national gratitude conferred on Newton; 20. Sir Isaac is anxious to have the Greenwich Observations published; 21. Dissensions in the Royal Society; 22. Leibnitz attacks Netwon's Philosophy; 23. The Princess of Wales obtains from Newton a manuscript abstract of his system of chronology; 24. Theological writings of Newton; 25. Sir Isaac's early study of chemistry; 26. Newton's first attack of ill health, and his recovery; 27. Permanence of Newton's reputation; Appendix; Index.

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