Bolti ár: 3150 Ft
Internetes ár: 2835 Ft (10% kedvezmény)
Kiadás éve: 2007
Kiadó: Oxford University Press
Sorozat: Very Short Introductions
Kategóriák: Természettudomány, Sorozatok/Very Short Introduction, Filozófia
A rich and up-to-date account of this intellectual giant, and of the forces which shaped his life and thought.
Explains and introduces Newton's scientific studies in fields ranging from physics, astronomy, and mathematics, to alchemy.
Provides a complete picture of Newton by examining his controversial theological beliefs and his politics.
Discusses Newton's legacy today - both in the scientific world and beyond.
Uses previously unpublished private writings and manuscript sources to present a pithy exploration of Newton's complex character.
Part of the best-selling Very Short Introductions series - nearly two million copies sold.
This Very Short Introduction uses Newton's own unpublished writings to provide fascinating insight into the man who kept the Royal Society under his thumb, was Head of the Mint, and whose contributions to our understanding of the heavens and the earth are considered by many to be unparalleled.
The author begins with the legends surrounding Newton before next exploring the forces that shaped his life, introducing, along the way, many of the key thinkers and politicians of the time. Although Newton's science was largely revered (his reputation reached near-immortal status with the publication of the Principia), theologically, his beliefs were very controversial. He was a fanatical Protestant, and claimed that tribes like the Goths, Vandals, and Huns had tried to save the planet from the corruption of the Catholics. He was also convinced that he was specially chosen by God to protect the original, pure form of Christianity, and viewed any criticisms directed at him as a form of persecution.
Resisting the urge to show how Newton's views on alchemy, mathematics, physics, and religion complemented one another, the author instead emphasises that these were the very different obsessions of an extremely complex man whose beliefs at the time dominated England's political, religious, and intellectual landscape.
Readership: General readers of popular science, history, and scientific biography. Students of astronomy, mathematics, physics, the history of science, and British 17th and 18th century history. Also those interested in theology, particularly theological debates of 18th century Britain.
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