This primary quantity is very wealthy in concerns of shock to the historian of technological know-how. It exhibits the younger Newton within the plenitude of his powers; he himself wrote of the interval at Woolsthorpe, which ended sooner than any surviving letters of genuine outcome have been written, 'for in these days i used to be within the major of my age for invention, and minded arithmetic and Philosophy greater than at any time since'. the most clinical issues with which those letters deal are the reflecting telescope; the early mathematical paintings; and the elemental paintings at the decomposition of white mild via the prism.

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