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The Dark Side of Isaac Newton

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Cameron Robertson

on 28 May 2013

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Transcript of The Dark Side of Isaac Newton

Newton also served for 2 years in Parliament, but found it painfully boring. Sir Newton never exercised, nor did he have any interest in games, music, or poetry. He often forgot to eat because he was so busy in his work. He had fierce feuds with academic rivals, and even the few friends that he had found themselves buried deep in his quarrelsome behavior. Isaac Newton was a rather difficult man. He never married, he made few friends, and he kept much of his knowledge to himself until he knew that other people were about to discover the same thing (when this occurred, he would suddenly publish his work in a hurry to claim the credit before anyone else could.) He held grudges and he argued nonstop. He was difficult to get along with, and probably slightly paranoid. The Dark Side of Isaac Newton Newton was also neurotic and frequently depressed. In 1963, he became severely and morbidly depressed and gave up his chemical experiments. Some historians believe it is because Newton was having a homosexual relationship with Nicolas Fatio, a Swiss mathematician, and the relationship ended suddenly that year. England was fiercely puritanical in the 1600s, and anyone that was openly homosexual was to be put to death. One writer, Micheal White, author of Newton's biography "The Last Sorcerer", says that Newton was positively addicted to sorcery, grabbing books from any place he could find on alchemy, the dark arts, and demonology. He was also eager to find the potion for eternal life through
chemical experiments. Such chemical experiments gave him lead poisoning. The great mathematician did bad things at age 19: threatened to burn down his parents' house with them inside; tried to use counterfeit money; and even beat up a young man named Arthur Storer. (Newton wrote a confessions list in his Fitzwilliam notebook of 1662, which includes the quote : "beating Arthur Storer.) For most of his life, Newton kept a dangerous secret. As a student at Trinity College, he was required to become a minister in the Church of England, but this was something he violently opposed. Newton became convinced that the Central Doctrine of Christianity, The Trinity, or the that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit were all equally divine, was not true. The more ancient Christian texts he read, the more he believed that Christ was the son of God and not his equal.
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