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Record Number: 6328


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

"[Isaac] Newton had gained international renown following the publication of his Principia in 1679 ... [attaining] something of the status of a demi-god. 'Does he eat and sleep? Is he like other men?' an awed nobleman had asked John Arbuthnot after scanning the work."

Century:

1600-1699

Date:

unknown

Country:

England

Time

n/a

Place:

n/a

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

anon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Royalty / aristocracy

Occupation:

nobleman

Religion:

Christian

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

a nobleman known to John Arbuthnot



Text Being Read:

Author:

Isaac Newton

Title:

Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica

Genre:

Science, Mathematics

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

6328

Source:

Print

Author:

Adrian Johns

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making

Place of Publication:

Chicago

Date of Publication:

1998

Vol:

n/a

Page:

565

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago, 1998), p. 565, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=6328, accessed: 14 June 2024


Additional Comments:

P. 565 n. 48 in source cites R. S. Westfall, Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton (Cambridge, 1980).

   
   
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