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Newton's darkness : two dramatic views

Author: Carl Djerassi; David Pinner
Publisher: London : Imperial College Press ; River edge, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific Pub., ©2003.
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"What purpose is served by showing that England's greatest natural philosopher is flawed ... like other mortals?" asks one of the characters in Newton's Darkness. "We need unsullied heroes!" But what if the hero is sullied? At stake is an issue that is as germane today as it was 300 years ago: a scientist's ethics must not be divorced from scientific accomplishments. There is probably no other scientist of whom so  Read more...
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Djerassi, Carl.
Newton's darkness.
London : Imperial College Press ; River edge, NJ : Distributed by World Scientific Pub., ©2003
(DLC) 2003056593
(OCoLC)52520616
Named Person: Isaac Newton; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Robert Hooke; Robert Hooke; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Freiherr von; Robert Hooke
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Djerassi; David Pinner
ISBN: 1860944590 9781860944598 9781860943898 1860943896 9781860943904 186094390X 1281866377 9781281866370
OCLC Number: 57252619
Description: 1 online resource (184 pages)
Contents: Introduction: flawed genius --
First view: two principals, Newton's Hooke by David Pinner --
Second view: three minions, Calculus (Newton's whores) by Carl Djerassi --
Authors' biographical sketches --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Carl Djerassi, David Pinner.

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