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'The Last Magician - Isaac Newton'

Stephen Weinberg (Josey Regental Chair of Science)

Fri, October 4, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Lord Keynes once remarked, ‘Newton was not the first of the age of reason.  He was the last of the magicians.’ Indeed, Newton spent much of his time on research in alchemy and biblical chronology. He was also good at making enemies, and he was not above fudging calculations to make them come out in agreement with astronomical observation. So how is it that Newton’s theories of motion and gravitation became the paradigm that all subsequent science has followed, as it became modern?
            Steven Weinberg holds the Josey Regental Chair of Science at UT.  His research has been honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and the Royal Society of London. The author of both scientific treatises and books for general readers, he is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.  His book on the pre-modern emergence of physics and astronomy, The Discovery of Science, is forthcoming.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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