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Th e Conduitt papers do not add much to the Stukeley memoir on Newton’s boyhood, but the stories they preserve occasionally have a meaning that transcends the factual material they were intended to convey. Reminiscing to Conduitt, Newton idealized his mother and talked about her strong character; stressed his littleness in anec­ dotes connected with his birth in contrast with his later great estate; made his survival appear a marvel. O f all the anecdotes he shared with Conduitt, one perhaps is crucial for an understanding of New­ ton’s character; it is about the school bully whom he, though ordi­ narily passive and fearful, finally worsted and to whom he then meted out punishment.

There is not much frivolity chronologist Denis Petau, the aged scientist Francis H all and his fel­ low Jesuits of Liege, or the contemporary French scholar Etienne Souciet. Whatever the scientific issues, Newton always took a special in the youth and in the Cambridge scholar. *^ Busyness, that false delight in defeating and humiliating a Jesuit. In notebooks whose entries cover the last years in Lincolnshire balsam of anxiety, took the form of obsessively copying when there and the first in Cambridge one can read the fear, anxiety, distrust, sadness, withdrawal, self-belittlement, and generally depressive state he relaxed somewhat his absolutist moral posture, repairing to was nothing else to do.

Joseph Glanvill proposed experimental science instead of bloody destructive war as a proper avenue to fame and glory. On the eve of achieving a purpose of high seriousness, science was sometimes still play both at the university and in the country­ side. Men like W ren and Hooke were moved in these years by the same curiosity about instruments that were half toys, half useful objects, that piqued Newton as a youth. Puritan educators like Dr. ” W hen the diarist John Evelyn visited W ilkins at Oxford on July 13, 1654, he was intrigued by a great variety of machines built with W ilkins’ mathematical magic.

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