‘Isaac Newton as theologian, artisan, and roommate: some new documents’
Dmitri Levitin (University of Oxford)
This talk will introduce some letters between Newton and his college roommate, John Wickins, that were previously unknown to scholarship. They shed light on what Newton’s greatest biographer, Richard Westfall, called the ‘mystery wrapped in an enigma’ of Newton’s relationship with Wickins. Beyond that, they provide precious new evidence for the chronology and nature of Newton’s first interest in theology and for his hands-on collaboration with London artisans.
The seminar in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology is convened by Alex Aylward (University of Oxford), Erica Charters (Wolfson College), Mark Harrison (University of Oxford), Catherine Jackson (Harris Manchester College), and Sloan Mahone (University of Oxford).