Newton : the making of genius /

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Author / Creator:Fara, Patricia.
Imprint:New York : Columbia University Press, c2002.
Description:xvi, 347 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Subject:Newton, Isaac, -- 1642-1727.
Newton, Isaac, -- 1642-1727
Scientists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Science -- History.
Great Britain.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 302-337) and index.
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Fara (history and philosophy of science, Cambridge Univ.) offers a fascinating chronicle of the fate of the reputation of Newton from his own times to recent revisions. This is not the usual "Newton and the Enlightenment" of the intellectual historians, but a documentary exegesis of Newtoniana, best described by the chapter categories: "Sanctity," "Icons," "Disciples," "Enemies," "France," "Genius," "Myths," "Shrines," and "Inheritors." The forgotten Newton of Arian, millenarian celebrity, dominates the early years; the Enlightenment progenitor, the middle; and the original Genius, the modern times. The latter period is peppered with remarkable incidents in Newtonian studies--the question of Einstein's post-Newtonian relativity, the Marxist accusation of class-interested subjectivity, the rediscovery of his alchemy, and disputed scandals. This volume is a pleasure to read, and it authoritatively explores aspects of the role of science in cultural history that are too often neglected in studies restricted to the content of science as opposed to the image conveyed through its icons. For libraries collecting in intellectual and social history and in history of science. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. P. D. Skiff Bard College

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