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Friday · October 22 2004

Interesting article on Sir Isaac Newton
Newton is much more complex than the measured man of reason we think of him as or is put on display.

“Newton was not the first of the age of reason,” Keynes said. “He was the last of the magicians, the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians, the last great mind which looked out on the visible and intellectual world with the same eyes as those who began to build our intellectual inheritance rather less than 10,000 years ago.” Newton opened a door to our world, sure. But he belonged to the world we have left behind.

James Gleick's (also the author of this article) bio of Newton is on my list.

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