History and Philosophy Of Science | Alchemy of Isaac Newton
X705 | 3066 | W. Newman


It is now well-known to scholars that Isaac Newton, discoverer of
the law of universal gravitation and of the nature of white light,
was also an alchemist.  Newton wrote about a million words on the
subject, publishing virtually none of it.  This seminar will examine
Newton's alchemical interests in depth, considering their possible
relation to his experimental science in general and to his religious
conceptions.  We will also devote considerable time to an
examination of Newton's sources in the alchemical tradition.  The
course will give students an opportunity to become involved in the
current project to edit and interpret Newton's alchemical
manuscripts, which is centered in Indana University's Department of
History and Philosophy of Science.