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Priest of Nature


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Introduction ; 1. A Divine Web ; 2. A Spiritual Ant ; 3. Imaginary Physics ; 4. The Corruption of Doctrine ; 5. Abominable Men ; 6. Prisca Newtoniana ; 7. The Structure of Prophecy ; 8. The Great Apostasy ; 9. The Ends of the World ; 10. A Litigious Man ; 11. The Veryest Knave ; 12. Inquisitive Men ; Conclusion

About the Author

Rob Iliffe is Professor of History of Science at Oxford, Co-Director of the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, a General Editor of the online Newton Project, and the author of Newton: A Very Short Introduction.


Splendid introduction... Priest of Nature is an immensely impressive book. * Oliver Moody, Times Literary Supplement *
Groundbreaking study... Scholars have long known that Newton combined his work in mathematics, astronomy and physics with a passionate interest in theology. Few have explained the connections more convincingly than Iliffe. * Tony Barber, Financial Times *
Fascinating new book... Priest of Nature also gives a compelling account of Newtons intellectual journey... Each of the 401 pages of the book is a testimony to the depth, breadth and subtlety of Iliffe's scholarship. For readers who want the story in a nutshell, I recommend his 2007 contribution on Newton to Oxford University Press Very Short Introduction series. * Graham Farmelo, Times Higher Education *
A lot of handsome book with beautiful plates, for a low price by OUP. * Richard Lofthouse, Oxford Today *
We are all hugely in Rob Iliffe's debt. Few of us would have the skill, in mathematics or philosophy or divinity, nor the patience, to do what he has done, which is read through the huge extent of Newton's obsessive theological writings... so that, as well as being a punctilious, painstaking historical work of the utmost density, this book also constitutes one of the most sensational 'scoops' of recent times... This is a book which will take you several weeks to read, but the journey is worth it. * A.N. Wilson, The Spectator *
[Iliffe] completely recasts the relationship of Newton's scientific inquiry to his religious beliefs, tying the two together to an unparalleled degree... finely constructed and well-written narrative makes [this] a robust portrait with broad appeal. * Wall Street Journal *
This book is an enormous contribution to the Newton literature and the history of science in general. It examines huge numbers of sources that were, until now, essentially unknown and provides an unparalleled contextualization of the man and his work. * Matthew Stanley, Science *
Iliffe's fascinating study provides an absorbing glimpse into Newton's work and early modern culture. * Publisher's Weekly *

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