Correspondence of Sir Isaac Newton and Professor Cotes: Including Letters of Other Eminent Men

John W. Parker, West Strand, 1850 - 320 pages
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Page 140 - And to shew that I do not take Gravity for an essential Property of Bodies, I have added one Question concerning its Cause, chusing to propose it by way of a Question, because I am not yet satisfied about it for want of Experiments.
Page lx - I am in, and have neither ate nor slept well this twelve-month, nor have my former consistency of mind. I never designed to get any thing by your interest, nor by King James's favour, but am now sensible that I must withdraw from your acquaintance, and see neither you nor the rest of my friends any more, if I may but leave them quietly.
Page lxi - ... hundred of pounds. This book, which he valued so much, and which was so much talked of, had the ill luck to perish, and be utterly lost, just when the learned author was almost at putting a conclusion at the same, after this manner : In a winter's morning, leaving it amongst his other papers on his study table whilst he went to chapel, the candle, which he had unfortunately left burning there too, catched hold by some means of other papers, and they fired the aforesaid book, and utterly consumed...
Page 135 - Hypotheses non fingo. Quicquid enim ex Phaenomenis non deducitur, Hypothesis vocanda est; et Hypotheses seu Metaphysicae, seu Physicae, seu Qualitatum occultarum, seu Mechanicae, in Philosophia Experimentali locum non habent.
Page lx - The last winter, by sleeping too often by my fire, I got an ill habit of sleeping ; and a distemper, which this summer has been epidemical, put me farther out of order, so that when I wrote to you, I had not slept an hour a night for a fortnight together, and for five days together not a wink.
Page 209 - Je ne sais comment je m'y prendrai pour envoyer une courte et modeste réponse que j'ai faite aux anti-Newtoniens. Je suis l'enfant perdu d'un parti dont M. de Buffon est le chef; et je suis assez comme les soldats qui se battent de bon cœur, sans trop entendre les intérêts de leur prince. J'avoue que j'aimerais infiniment mieux recevoir de vos ouvrages que vous envoyer...
Page lxi - But when Mr. Newton came from chapel, and had seen what was done, every one thought he would have run mad, he was so troubled thereat, that he was not himself for a month afser.
Page lii - I see I have made myself a slave to philosophy, but if I get free of Mr. Linus's business I will resolutely bid adieu to it eternally, excepting what I do for my private satisfaction, or leave to come out after me; for I see a man must either resolve to put out nothing new, or become a slave to defend it " — my discoveries, he was saying in effect, shall either not be published at all, or after my death.
Page l - ... aut aliqua alia re, causa vel materia quacunq; in aliquo non obstante. In cujus rei testimonium has literas nostras fieri fecimus patentes.
Page lxiii - Sir Isaac Newton possessed a remarkably mild and even temper. This great man, on a particular occasion, was called out of his study to an adjoining apartment. A little dog, named Diamond, the constant but incurious attendant of his master's researches, happened to be left among the papers ; and threw down a lighted candle, which consumed the almost-finished labours of some years.

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