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The Janus Faces of Genius: The Role of Alchemy in Newtons Thought Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs

The Janus Faces of Genius: The Role of Alchemy in Newtons Thought

Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs

Published August 22nd 2002
ISBN : 9780521524872
Paperback
376 pages
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In this major reevaluation of Isaac Newtons intellectual life, Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs shows how his pioneering work in mathematics, physics, and cosmology was intertwined with his study of alchemy. Professor Dobbs argues that to Newton those severalMoreIn this major reevaluation of Isaac Newtons intellectual life, Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs shows how his pioneering work in mathematics, physics, and cosmology was intertwined with his study of alchemy. Professor Dobbs argues that to Newton those several intellectual pursuits were all ways of approaching Truth, and that Newtons primary goal was not the study of nature for its own sake but rather an attempt to establish a unified system that would have included both natural and divine principles. She also argues that Newtons methodology was much broader than modern scholars have previously supposed, and she traces the evolution of his thought on the intertwined problems of the microcosmic vegetable spirit of alchemy and the cause of the cosmic principle of gravitation.