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Newton and the Origin of Civilization$
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Jed Z. Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154787

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154787.001.0001

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The War on Newton in England

The War on Newton in England

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Newton and the Origin of Civilization

Jed Z. Buchwald

Mordechai Feingold

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes the anticipation surrounding the publication of Isaac Newton’s The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms. The willingness of publisher Jacob Tonson to fork out a sizeable sum of money to secure the publication rights of the Chronology attests to the considerable public interest the book generated. On June 5, 1727, The poet Edward Young informed a friend that Londoners anticipated “with Impatience” the publication of Newton’s theological works; five months later, the Scottish divine Robert Wodrow learned from Colin Maclaurin that the Chronology was in print “and there are very great expectations from it.” More dramatic still was the visual representation of Newton’s chronology as it was engraved on some of John Senex’s more expensive globes.

Keywords:   Isaac Newton, publication, astronomical chronology, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms, globes, John Senex

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