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Newton and the Origin of Civilization

Jed Z. Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold


Isaac Newton’s Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after the great man’s death, unleashed a storm of controversy. And for good reason. The book presents a drastically revised timeline for ancient civilizations, contracting Greek history by five hundred years and Egypt’s by a millennium. This book tells the story of how one of the most celebrated figures in the history of mathematics, optics, and mechanics came to apply his unique ways of thinking to problems of history, theology, and mythology, and of how his radical ideas produced an uproar that reverberated in ... More

Keywords: Isaac Newton, ancient civilization, radical ideas, astronomy, evolution, population dynamics, natural philosopher, alchemist, theologian, chronologist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154787
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154787.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jed Z. Buchwald, author

Mordechai Feingold, author