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Mariah
8th November 2005, 04:58 PM
I think the upcoming Nova, which is about Newton's work in alchemy, looks really interesting and shows how really complex was this genius of a man. Of course Newton's alchemy, like modern chemistry, was systematic and had reproducible and verifiable results.


You can read Nova's interview with historian Bill Newman here:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/newton/alch-newman.html (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/newton/alch-newman.html)

Imagine him calling himself Jehovah Sanctus Unus—Jehovah, the Holy One!
You'll also find a reference to my title for this post: The Menstrual Blood of the Sordid Whore."


Here is the Nova link to one of his cryptic alchemical notebooks. You can scroll through it and see some of his strange terminology and phraseology such as "In Saturn is hid an immortal soul" which those of you are scientifically illiterate will already know has nothing to do with Saturn or the immortal soul: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/newton/alchemy.html (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/newton/alchemy.html)

Newton's Dark Secrets
Tuesday, November 15 at 8 p.m.
Sir Isaac Newton, the eccentric genius who helped define modern science, was also an obsessive alchemist.

a_unique_person
9th November 2005, 02:17 AM
Interesting. I have wondered about the kooky side of Newton.

Unfortunately, I can also see a lot of woo woo authors jumping on this as a source for a goldmine of exploitative books.

Mariah
9th November 2005, 03:43 AM
Unfortunately, I can also see a lot of woo woo authors jumping on this as a source for a goldmine of exploitative books.

Yep. That's my concern, too.