Show Notes: Isaac Newton

Tracy Wilson

Isaac Newton, mathematician, physicist and astronomer, author of the theory of terrestrial universal attraction, here dispersing light with a glass prism. Photo by Apic/Getty Images

Before anybody rolls out "I didn't miss this in history class" - we've heard that joke! Also, most folks' knowledge of Isaac Newton begins and ends with physics (and the infamous apple). We about a lot more than that today, including, among other things, his time trying to track down counterfeiters.

We have two pieces of mail today, in which we apologize for unintended insensitivity in our history mystery double feature, particularly the Hinterkaifeck part. The notes are from Katie and David.

Episode link: The Life and Times of Sir Isaac Newton

Holly's research:

  • "Sir Isaac Newton". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2015. http://www.britannica.com/biography/Isaac-Newton
  • Biography.com Editors. "Isaac Newton Biography." http://www.biography.com/people/isaac-newton-9422656
  • Chodos, Alan (ed.). "This Month in Physics History: March 16, 1699: William Chaloner, Counterfeiter, Hanged." American Physical Society News. March 2011. Vol. 20, No. 3. http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201103/physicshistory.cfm
  • Christies. "NEWTON, Sir Isaac (1642-1727, knighted 1705). Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. [Edited by Edmond Halley (1656-1743).] London: Joseph Streater for the Royal Society [at the expense of Edmond Halley], to be sold by various booksellers, 1687." http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/books-manuscripts/newton-sir-isaac-philosophiae-naturalis-principia-5754427-details.aspx
  • Hall, Alfred Rupert. "Sir Isaac Newton" Microsoft® Encarta®. Copyright © 1998 Microsoft Corporation. Accessed at the Isaac Newton Institute: https://www.newton.ac.uk/about/isaac-newton/life
  • Tyson, Peter. "Newton's Legacy." NOVA. Nov. 15, 2005. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/newton-legacy.html
  • Weisstein, Eric W. "Newton, Isaac (1642-1727)." Wolfram Research. 2007. http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/Newton.html

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