He was the greatest scientist of his day, perhaps of all time. But while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal law of gravitation, he was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible and pursuing the covert art of alchemy.
It was the kind of thing that might have lead him to be imprisoned, or worse, having his whole academic career dismissed as the writings of a quack.
Newton was no quack, though he did experiment with alchemy for over two decades. Olde clever clogs Newton worked out that these Greek tales were possible ciphers for alchemical equations. He worked out that the story of the god Vulcan, who found his wife Venus in bed with the god Mars, created a net with which he intended to hang the adulterous couple form the ceiling.
Newton discovered this was indeed an alchemical equation in which Venus was the alchemical symbol for copper, while Mars was the alchemical symbol for iron, and Vulcan was fire. It obsessed him right up to his nervous breakdown probably caused by exhaustionbut was forgotten soon after.
However, his dabbling in alchemy helped Newton with his more important scientific insights. It turned the image of the man of Reason and Enlightenment into a bit of a crackpot, or as Fritz Leiber more eloquently said: That was the pebble by the seashore he really wanted to find.
Instead he saw God as the only supreme being. This kind of belief was considered heresy, and punishable by gaol, or execution. He also worked out, by interpreting the Book of Revelation, that world will end inor thereabouts.
In his calculations, Newton wrote: It may end later, but I see no reason for its ending sooner. Personally, I think that kind of well-meaning censorship is the worst kind of censorship.
I prefer my heroes and heroines to be human, and seen in their entirety as real people, faults, failings, warts and all, rather than as exemplars of indoctrination. Newton was probably a reclusive, dry and snobbish individual, who despite his genius, had no social skills, and was emotional immature.
He certainly knew how to hold a grudge and get his revenge, as rival and know-it-all Robert Hooke found out. Yet, without Newton the advances in modern science would have far taken longer, and no scientist until Albert Einstein has had such an important role in its advancement as did Sir Isaac Newton.Nov 15, · The dark secret discusses the documents that are found which reveal Newton's papers in which he secretly practices alchemy in his secret lab.
It also discusses the effect of alchemy research on Isaac Newton's inventions/10(47). Newton's Dark Secrets. PBS Original Airdate: November 15, NARRATOR: In , a huge collection of scientific documents and personal papers was put up for auction at Sotheby's in London. Jan 30, · Newtons Dark Secret sounded like it would be something really kinky and evil.
But the dude practiced alchemy, not really such a big secret. All these alchemy notebooks he left are in a sort of code in that things have "secret" names, and they haven't figured out what all of it means. Newton’s Dark Secrets Isaac Newton is known as a high priest to people today.
Scientist have been reading through papers and documents that have been discovered by Isaac Newton. Find NOVA: Newton's Dark Secrets at plombier-nemours.com Movies & TV, home of thousands of titles on DVD and Blu-ray.
May 12, · Period 7. Madison Hull Newton’s Dark Secrets 1. Newton invented calculus, and improved our understanding of gravity and motion. 2. Which famous scientist died in , the same year Newton was born?Author: Mr. Crane. Classroom Activity for the NOVA program Newton's Dark Secrets: In Secret Symbols, students read and interpret a passage from a famous alchemical text titled The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine. Jan 30, · Newtons Dark Secret sounded like it would be something really kinky and evil. But the dude practiced alchemy, not really such a big secret. All these alchemy notebooks he left are in a sort of code in that things have "secret" names, and they haven't figured out what all of it means.
Classroom Activity for the NOVA program Newton's Dark Secrets: In Secret Symbols, students read and interpret a passage from a famous alchemical text titled The Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine.