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Newton's Tyranny: The Suppressed Scientific Discoveries of Stephen Gray and John Flamsteed

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One of the great figures in history, Sir Isaac Newton personifies the triumph of scientific reason over ignorance. Yet for all his contributions to the Enlightenment, Newton was a deeply complex man who sometimes aggressively tried to obscure the intellectual achievements of others of others.

Newton's Tyranny is the story of two men who felt the full wrath of the great man'
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 15th 2001 by W. H. Freeman (first published October 15th 2000)
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Ruth Seeley
Aug 08, 2011 Ruth Seeley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ruth by: It leapt at me from the library shelves.
Fascinating account of Newton's ruthless pursuit of his own goals at the expense of others' reputation, and of the roots of the antipathy between theoretical and applied science. Compellingly written (I'm always fascinated by multiple-author books - how do they manage to get the tone so even? Does one person research and the other write? In this case, the Clarks are a father and son team).
This book paints a vivid portrait of Isaac Newton's humanity through the eyes of two scientists who had to interact with him - astronomer John Flamsteed and amateur scientist Stephen Gray. These two men spent much of their lives pursuing knowledge in spite of pressures from the powerful and connected Newton.

Newton is rightfully remembered as a giant in the world of science. This book makes no claims against his brilliance. What this book does do is present a fuller picture of what genius can loo
Another book I read because of Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. This book cover's the relationship between Newton and the Royal Astronomer John Flamsteed. Without his measurements of the heavens, Newton would not have been able to prove his various mathematical theories. Yet Newton refused to aknowledge Flamsteed's and Gray's contributions and basically treated them as servants.

Also backs up Stephenson's portrayal of Newton and Flamsteed in Baroque Cycle to an astonishing degree.
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I really want to read this, but am worried it will be one depressing, point-of-view changing experience.
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