The Janus Faces of Genius
The Role of Alchemy in Newton's Thought
By (author) Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs
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Janus Faces of Genius by Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs
Book DescriptionIn this major re-evaluation of Isaac Newton's intellectual life, Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs shows how his pioneering work in mathematics, physics, and cosmology was intertwined with his study of alchemy. Directing attention to the religious ambience of the alchemical enterprise of early modern Europe, Dobbs argues that Newton understood alchemy - and the divine activity in micromatter to which it spoke - to be a much needed corrective to the overly mechanized system of Descartes. The same religious basis underlay the rest of his work. To Newton it seemed possible to obtain partial truths from many different approaches to knowledge, be it textual work aimed at the interpretation of prophecy, the study of ancient theology and philosophy, creative mathematics, or experiments with prisms, pendulums, vegetating minerals, light, or electricity. Newton's work was a constant attempt to bring these partial truths together, with the larger goal of restoring true natural philosophy and true religion.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521380843
(204mm x 159mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-May-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs
Janus Faces of Genius, Paperback (August 2002)
A landmark study of the 'founder of modern science'.
Newton and the Culture of Newtonianism, Paperback (January 1995)
Examines what happened to Newton's science as it was interpreted by his major followers. The authors also look at the scientific culture that Newton helped to create and the impact that his ideas had on the rapidly developing technology that led to the Industrial Revolution.
Foundations of Newton's Alchemy, or, 'The Hunting of the Greene Lyon', Paperback (April 1983)» View all books by Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs
This book sets the foundations of Newton's alchemy in their historical context in Restoration England.
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