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By Frank E. Manual

ISBN-10: 0584953577

ISBN-13: 9780584953572

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Though we know from the Morgan notebook that he was well acquainted with W ilkins’ work on popular mechanics, Mathematicall MagicJ{, there is no firm proof that he had also read his earlier and more imaginative T he Discovery of the New World in the Moon (1638) with its defense of the Copernican system, fre­ quent citations from Galileo and Kepler, and a discussion of a machine which could break through the gravity of the earth, reach a space in which it would be weightless, and land on the moon.

W hen new mechanical contrivances made their way into the English countryside in the mid-seventeenth century, their magic aroused wonderment among the young. Books on mechanical in­ ventions and the useful powers of “mathematics” were Newton’s 48 THE PREGNANCY OF HIS PARTS favorites. Though we know from the Morgan notebook that he was well acquainted with W ilkins’ work on popular mechanics, Mathematicall MagicJ{, there is no firm proof that he had also read his earlier and more imaginative T he Discovery of the New World in the Moon (1638) with its defense of the Copernican system, fre­ quent citations from Galileo and Kepler, and a discussion of a machine which could break through the gravity of the earth, reach a space in which it would be weightless, and land on the moon.

Fearing man above Thee. pions on Sunday. The scrupulosity and punctiliousness with which Newton re­ corded every minor breach of the Sabbath that he recollected from his boyhood and youth have to be considered within the context of a religious community where these violations, as in Talmudic Ju­ daism, were not trivial. In the biblical code, punishment for Sabbath­ breaking is death; and though even the Puritans did not impose this extreme penalty, the crime was serious. The keeping holy of the Sabbath was an essential part of one’s belief in God and submission to His will, for it was His day, set aside for communion with Him.

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