Newton and the Origin of Civilization / Jed Z. Buchwald, Mordechai Feingold.
- Course Book
- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
1 online resource : 54 halftones. 14 line illus. 16 tables.
- Chronology, Historical -- History -- 17th century.
Civilization, Ancient -- Philosophy.
Philosophers -- England -- Biography.
Public opinion -- Europe -- History -- 17th century.
Scientists -- England -- Biography.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Isaac Newton's Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after the great man's death, unleashed a storm of controversy. And for good reason. The book presents a drastically revised timeline for ancient civilizations, contracting Greek history by five hundred years and Egypt's by a millennium. Newton and the Origin of Civilization tells the story of how one of the most celebrated figures in the history of mathematics, optics, and mechanics came to apply his unique ways of thinking to problems of history, theology, and mythology, and of how his radical ideas produced an uproar that reverberated in Europe's learned circles throughout the eighteenth century and beyond. Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold reveal the manner in which Newton strove for nearly half a century to rectify universal history by reading ancient texts through the lens of astronomy, and to create a tight theoretical system for interpreting the evolution of civilization on the basis of population dynamics. It was during Newton's earliest years at Cambridge that he developed the core of his singular method for generating and working with trustworthy knowledge, which he applied to his study of the past with the same rigor he brought to his work in physics and mathematics. Drawing extensively on Newton's unpublished papers and a host of other primary sources, Buchwald and Feingold reconcile Isaac Newton the rational scientist with Newton the natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian, and chronologist of ancient history.
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
1. Troubled Senses
2. Troubled Numbers
3. Erudition and Chronology in Seventeenth-Century England
4. Isaac Newton on Prophecies and Idolatry
5. Aberrant Numbers: The Propagation of Mankind before and after the Deluge
6. Newtonian History
7. Text and Testimony
9. Publication and Reaction
10. The War on Newton in England
11. The War on Newton in France
12. The Demise of Chronology
13. Evidence and History
Appendix A: Signs, Conventions, Dating, and Definitions
Appendix B: Newton's Computational Methods
Appendix C: Commented Extracts from Newton's MS Calculations
Appendix D: Placing Colures on the Original Star Globe
Appendix E: Hesiod, Thales, and Stellar Risings and Settings
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 08. Jul 2019)
- Feingold, Mordechai, author.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781400845187 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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