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Jonathan Rée: Esoteric Newton

9 October 2013
Newton and the Origin of Civilisation 
by Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold.
Princeton, 528 pp., £34.95, October 2012, 978 0 691 15478 7
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... a ‘riddle’ propounded by a teasing God. Since Keynes’s time, however, we’ve come to accept that irrationality can have a part to play in the growth of science, and the exuberant new book by JedBuchwald and Mordechai Feingold raises the stakes by arguing that Newton’s biblical lucubrations are just as scientific as his theory of gravitation, and scientific in much the same way. One thing ...

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