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Record 6328

Reading Experience:

"[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:

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, workmates)
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,, accessed: 23 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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