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Isaac Newton, 1642–1727

Nature volume 141, pages 10321035 (11 June 1938) | Download Citation



AS the arts aspire to the nature of music, according to Pater, so the sciences aspire to the nature of mathematics. This at least would seem to have been the view of the late Mr. J. W. N. Sullivan when he devoted two of the principal efforts of his life, one to a work on Beethoven, the other to a work on Newton. From Prof. Charles Singer's memoir of the author, it appears that the latter was ten years in preparation. Even then the absence of chapter headings and occasional repetitions suggest that some final revision may have been intended. But a perfectly satisfactory manuscript existed at the time of the author's early death, and the book is in all essential respects a finished work.

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