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Prophecy, history and method: how and why Isaac Newton studied chronology

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Isaac Newton spent forty years of his life studying the chronology of ancient civilizations. The manuscript record that bears the fruits of these writings is in significant disarray, which has led to many misinformed conclusions about the nature of his research and his motivations for studying the topic in the first place. By devoting ample attention to Newton’s reading, note-taking, writing, and ordering practices, this thesis makes use both of evidence drawn from Newton's surviving books...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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