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Author Westfall, Richard S

Title Never at rest : a biography of Isaac Newton / Richard S. Westfall
Published Cambridge [Eng]. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 908 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- A note about dates -- Abbreviations used in footnotes -- 1 The discovery of a new world -- 2 A sober, silent, thinking lad -- 3 The solitary scholar -- 4 Resolving problems by motion -- 5 Anni mirabiles -- 6 Lucasian professor -- 7 Publication and crisis -- 8 Rebellion -- 9 Years of silence -- 10 Principia -- 11 Revolution -- 12 The Mint -- 13 President of the Royal Society -- 14 The priority dispute -- 15 Years of decline -- Bibliographical essay
Summary This richly detailed 1981 biography captures both the personal life and the scientific career of Isaac Newton, presenting a fully rounded picture of Newton the man, the scientist, the philosopher, the theologian, and the public figure. Professor Westfall treats all aspects of Newton's career, but his account centres on a full description of Newton's achievements in science. Thus the core of the work describes the development of the calculus, the experimentation that altered the direction of the science of optics, and especially the investigations in celestial dynamics that led to the law of universal gravitation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 875-884) and indexes
Notes American Historical Association Leo Gershoy Award, 1981
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SUBJECT Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727.
Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727 fast
Subject Physicists -- Great Britain -- Biography
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology.
SCIENCE -- History.
Verenigd Koninkrijk van Groot-Brittanniƫ en Noord-Ierland.
Great Britain
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781461941439