This discovery was publicized by the then owner of the manuscripts economist John Maynard Keynes. Newton was looking for cryptographic codes in ancient texts in the same way that he looked for codes in the natural world to help explain gravity, motion, and light. Keynes re-donated the alchemical papers to Cambridge in to allow others to study the works. I do not see him in this light.
The most famous example of this is his carefully-orchestrated campaign to destroy the reputation of Gottfried Leibniz, who he believed quite unfairly had stolen the discovery of calculus from him.
Yet he was also capable of great generosity and kindness, and there is no lack of tributes to his affability and hospitality, at least in his later years.
He seems, however, to have made a full recovery by the end of the year. His father died before he was born. It has also been suggested - though this is purely conjectural and much disputed - that he was a repressed homosexual, which if true would undoubtedly have placed a man of his background and upbringing under extreme mental strain.
There are no private diaries, and hardly any of his correspondence touches on details of his private life or state of mind. By far the most important of these is the list Newton wrote out in of all the sins he could remember having committed, which he kept up-to-date for an uncertain but fairly short period thereafter in the Fitzwilliam Notebook.
Other misdeeds seem, to modern secular ears, even more innocuous: Yet there are also hints of the rages and dark depressions that would continue to blight his adult life: Nothing else quite so revealingly personal as this survives, but much can be read between the lines of the other private notebooks Newton kept as a schoolboy and undergraduate.
In the Pierpont Morgan Notebookbegun probably in two years before Newton went to Cambridgethere are numerous series of words arranged, under a number of subject headings, in quasi-alphabetical order.
These soften the image of an unsmiling, self-absorbed, Puritan Newton by revealing that as an undergraduate he did get out once in a while, to the tavern and the bowling green, and even occasionally played cards and lost.
Perhaps still more surprisingly, he appears to have run an informal money-lending operation for fellow students at Cambridge, though whether he charged interest on his loans is unclear. His practical bent, which later enabled him to devise and conduct experiments unassisted and to build most of his scientific apparatus himself, is already evident in the Pierpont Morgan notebookthe early part of which is crammed with recipes for making paints and medicines and instructions for performing conjuring tricks.
Inthe expense lists begin to fill up with purchases of al chemical materials, books and equipment to stock the private laboratory he set up in the grounds of Trinity College. His disillusion with the very conservative curriculum on offer at Cambridge is evidenced by another notebook Add.
His near-total disregard for the subjects he was ostensibly supposed to be studying - primarily the ethics and natural philosophy of Aristotle - actually led to his being regarded as a decidedly poor scholar until his genius was recognised by the mathematics professor Isaac Barrow.
But as this notebook proves, he was in fact far more in touch with current developments in international scholarship than most of his tutors and professors.
But the insights these documents offer into his formative years, adolescence and early adulthood make them indispensable to any attempt to form a rounded picture of Newton the man.The young Isaac Newton is sitting in his garden when an apple falls on his head and, in a stroke of brilliant insight, he suddenly comes up with his theory of gravity.
Isaac Newton was born on Dec. 25, , in Woolsthorpe, England. His father died before he was born, and when he was only three his mother, Hannah Newton, remarried and moved away, leaving him to be raised by an uncle.
He was sent to the local grammar school, and for a time it was expected that he. For Isaac Simon, Student Clerical Assistant II in USU Administration, these seemingly unrelated things represent four of the most memorable and influential experiences in his life. Isaac was born on June 17, in Van Nuys, California to Juan and Maria Simon.
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Stephen Hawking’s Books. Over the years, Stephen Hawking wrote or co-wrote a total of 15 books. Isaac Newton’s Personal Life. Especially in the earlier part of his life, Newton was a deeply introverted character and fiercely protective of his privacy.
Newton was a firm believer in alchemy and one of his greatest ambitions was to gain the secret of turning common metals into gold. He was also interested in discovering an elixir of life. Laboratory on Fire.
Isaac Newton once told a story of how his dog set his laboratory on fire, ruining twenty years of research.