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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 11 2006,16:04   

On several occassions over the years (has it been that long?), various commenters have made note of Issac's alchemical leanings.  I thought this new release of some of Issac's unpublished work might be relevant to bookmark for future reference:

http://www.physorg.com/news77206619.html

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“Newton’s extensive work on universal history (which presents human history as a coherent unit governed by certain immutable principles) provides an essential setting for linking his work on alchemy and his work heading England’s mint in the 1690s,”


btw, the reference to Harry Potter in the subject comes from a reply to the news article I found slightly humorous, and the vehement responses to it which i found even MORE humorous.

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mcc



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 11 2006,20:49   

Is any of Newton's alchemy stuff available or going to be made available to buy or download?

  
Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 11 2006,20:54   

likely a lot of it already is. do a search at amazon.

a quick google turned up this:

http://libserv.aip.org:81/ipac20....l#focus

and this:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/newton/resources.html

I'm sure there are lots out there.

also, the fact this article exists suggests that someone might be getting ready to include these heretofore unpublished works in a new book.

I'd say check the book lists in about 6 months or so.

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Altabin



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 11 2006,23:44   

The real expert on Newton's alchemy is Bill Newman, at Indiana University. Together with Larry Principe (Johns Hopkins), he's recreated several of Newton's alchemical experiments - showing that Newton (as well as other alchemists) was not crazy when he wrote his alchemical notebooks. He was describing, in cryptic but intelligible language, what he saw in the laboratory.  When the key is broken, Newton's strange language turns out to be very accurately descriptive (the "net of Vulcan," as described on the website below; or the "virgin's milk" which I heard Bill discuss in a paper - it is a colloidal suspension).  Of course, he did not always interpret what he saw in the way that we would....

See his  website, complete with a photograph of what was often thought to be pure Newtonian fantasy - the "star regulus of antimony."

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bourgeois_rage



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 14 2006,09:22   

Speaking of Harry Potter, I just saw this in a thread where a Christian was trying to explain why he won't let the book in his house.

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I really think you should read the first story before you start the grand conspiracy theory.

How does that make sense at all?  I should read a book that I know up front I don't agree with.  Come on, that makes no sense what so ever.


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Ichthyic



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 14 2006,09:39   

"We should listen to evidence we don't agree with? That makes no sense..."

Sounds a lot like AFDave.

the sad thing is, none of these folks can see just how closed off to reality they really are.

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Stephen Elliott



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(Permalink) Posted: Sep. 14 2006,09:45   

Quote (bourgeois_rage @ Sep. 14 2006,14:22)
Speaking of Harry Potter, I just saw this in a thread where a Christian was trying to explain why he won't let the book in his house.

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I really think you should read the first story before you start the grand conspiracy theory.

How does that make sense at all?  I should read a book that I know up front I don't agree with.  Come on, that makes no sense what so ever.

LOL! That is sad but funny.

  
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