Isaac Newton

Avalon in America?

By Steven Sora

In the late sixteenth century Queen Elizabeth had watched as Spain and Portugal, the Netherlands and France estab­lished themselves in the New World. They all made legitimate claims to the Americas that England could not match. Then she consulted her advisor, Dr. John Dee. Dee and his ally Sir Francis Bacon told her that England had claims much older than all of Europe, indeed, said Dee, King Arthur himself had crossed the Atlantic and set foot in the new land. Dr. Dee was Elizabeth’s advisor,…

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

In Susan Martinez’s article elsewhere in these pages the point is made that Abraham Lincoln considered himself an agent of higher powers and that, even though the times were very dark, he—seeing clearly what was to come—never doubted, that in the end, light would prevail. Indeed, it is obvious that Lincoln’s faith was more than mere optimism, and that, in fact, he was guided by a kind of ‘knowledge’ which most of the elites of his day and ours would dismiss as, at best, illusion,…

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Even More News

Newton, the Alchemist, Resurrected Isaac Newton, as alchemist, may be a little better understood now. For a long time that side of the great scientist’s life was largely ignored by a modern academic establishment loathe to concede much of value in the esoteric wisdom of the ancients. Now, though, thanks to the efforts of William Newman, history professor at Indiana University Bloom­ington, that situation could be changing. In fact, the National Science Foundation has supported a Newman-led study into The Chymistry of Isaac Newton. As…

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The Fall of the Royal Society

BY PETER BROS

Orthodox history tells us that Robert Hooke was a minor character with no accomplishments to speak of, certainly none to equal those of the majestic Isaac Newton. Instead we learn that he was a jack-of-all-trades who started many projects and finished few, and we discover that he was a colorless, misshapen recluse who attempted, but failed, to claim credit for discovering that Kepler’s inverse square law could be mathematically connected to Galileo’s inverse square measurement of gravity, the underlying idea that led to Newton’s Theory…

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Mixing Apples & Moons

BY PETER BROS

On November 15, 2005, PBS broadcast a Nova segment titled Newton’s Dark Secrets. It was interesting for several reasons, not the least of which was the producers’ honesty about Newton’s fanatical religious beliefs that played deep­ly into his conclusions about the nature of the solar system. The program begins by pointing out Newton’s great invention, the reflecting telescope. The Nova program asserts Newton invented the telescope and kept it as a toy until it was discovered by a friend and brought to London. Actual­ly, Newton’s…

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