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Revolutionaries of the CosmosThe Astro-Physicists$
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Ian Glass

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550258

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.001.0001

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ISAAC NEWTON: RATIONALISING THE UNIVERSE

ISAAC NEWTON: RATIONALISING THE UNIVERSE

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(p.40) 3 ISAAC NEWTON: RATIONALISING THE UNIVERSE
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Revolutionaries of the Cosmos
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I.S. GLASS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550258.003.0003

This chapter begins by discussing Isaac Newton's biography and private life. It notes some of Newton's traits, which allowed him to face all the hurdles that came his way. It investigates how he developed his interest in the logical consistency in nature like the daily variations of the tides and the extent of the Moon's influence. It states that it was during the Bubonic plague years that he developed most of his basic mathematical ideas but remained secretive and failed to publicise them. It investigates how derived ideas such as the laws of motion and gravity. It also talks about his construction of the first reflecting telescope. This chapter also discusses how Newton gained recognition from his fellow researchers and how he tried to make more achievements, the Principia and the Opticks. It tells of some of the social acquaintances that Newton has made throughout his life as a scientist.

Keywords:   Isaac Newton, Bubonic plague, first reflecting telescope, Principia, Opticks, laws of motion, laws of gravity

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