Another Bite at the Apple: Isaac Newton’s Time as a Man of Politics and Economics

Providing a more realistic image of this man who was simultaneously unique and a product of his times. By Dr. Patricia FaraEmeritus FellowClare CollegeUniversity of Cambridge ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there’. The opening sentence of L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between (1953) has become a historical cliché. Yet contrary to its implications, the[…]

A Brief History of the Science of Color

Isaac Newton’s work led to breakthroughs in optics, physics, chemistry, perception, and the study of color in nature. In the 1660s, English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton began a series of experiments with sunlight and prisms. He demonstrated that clear white light was composed of seven visible colors. By scientifically establishing our visible spectrum (the[…]