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The Dark Side Of Isaac Newton.

The Dark Side Of Isaac Newton

Nick Kollerstrom

Pen & Sword Books

9781526740540, $39.95, HC, 224pp,

Synopsis: Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642--20 March 1726) was accorded a high social and professional status in the 18th and 19th centuries, whereby his image linked together religion and science. The real human being behind now legendary image has tended to be lost in the mists of time.

Upon closer historical inspection, it turns out that Isaac Newton was a person who took credit from others, and crushed the reputations of those to whom he owed most. This most brilliant of mathematicians could alas be devious, deceptive and duplicitous.

"The Dark Side of Isaac Newton: Science's Greatest Fraud?" by Nick Kollerstrom doesn't go looking at unpublished alchemical musings as is nowadays fashionable, rather it sticks to the historical record.

At the time when the new science was born, this ground breaking study scrutinizes the ways in which Newton failed to discover the law of gravity or invent calculus. What exactly did Leibniz mean by describing him as 'a mind neither fair nor honest'? Why did Robert Hooke describe him as 'the veriest knave in all the house' and why was the astronomer Flamsteed calling him SIN (Sir Isaac Newton)?

"The Dark Side Of Isaac Newton" gives Newton credit for what he did discover--which may not be quite had been told to us in school. Rather, "The Dark Side Of Isaac Newton" redefines the genius of Isaac Newton, but without the heavily mythologised baggage of a bygone era. He believed in one God, one law and one bank.

Editorial Note: Following the completion of his Natural Science degree At Cambridge University and specializing n the history and philosophy of science, Nick Kollerstrom worked for the Medical Research Council's Air Pollution Unit. While living in Guildford, England, Kollerstrom worked as a Secondary School Maths teacher for five years. Kollerstrom worked in the local Green Party. While studying at Emerson College and working on a bio-dynamic farm he became interested in planting by the Moon and Lunar influences.

Critique: Exceptionally well researched, written, organized and presented, "The Dark Side Of Isaac Newton: Science's Greatest Fraud?" is an extraordinary, iconoclastic, thoughtful and thought-provoking documented study that is especially and unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, as well as Sir Isaac Newton supplemental studies reading lists

Clint Travis


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Title Annotation:The Dark Side of Isaac Newton: Science's Greatest Fraud?
Author:Travis, Clint
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2019
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