The world has heeded my plea! Another Newton book found.

Pablo Alvarez from the University of Michigan has just identified another Newton book! It’s Newton’s copy of Arthur Dee’s Fasciculus chemicus, abstrusæ Hermeticæ scientiæ, ingressum, progressum, coronidem, verbis apertissimis explicans…, which, as the more perceptive of you will see, is an alchemical treatise (of which Newton owned quite a lot). It was published in Paris in…

Why? You endeavoured to embroil me with weomen…

Why. It is a word that I frequently entertain when I study Isaac Newton. There is no scientist about whom so much is written, yet I feel that we only know so little about the man. Most Newton biographers provide us with detailed descriptions of his life and works, using the abundance of source materials…

Elected by God

As I am writing this, I am in Berlin at the Renaissance Society of America’s annual conference. I am currently listening to a paper on Johannes Kepler’s astrological aspirations and his debate with Pico della Mirandola, which is quite intriguing. I have to admit, I am not an expert on Kepler: I have a fair…

It’s magic!

Last week the illustrious ThonyC wrote a blogpost titled “Do you believe in Magic?” in which he addressed the many, many glaring errors in yet another ‘revealing’ post about a number of important scientists of the past. The title of that post alone, ” These 5 men were scientific geniuses. They also thought magic is real”…

Of alchemy and dogears

Behind this link you will find scans of a book. In a sense it is just a book, a copy of John Marsham’s Canon Chronicus Aegypticus to be precise, which is now in Linda Hall Library in Kansas City. There are many extant copies of this book, but the librarians at Linda Hall did a superb…

SIN meets LSA

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to spend time with some of the wonderful people at Indiana University. Together we worked on all things Newtonian, and in particular on a computational method called Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA). This is a technique that originates from the early 80s and has some of its roots…