SCIENTIST TURNED HISTORIAN PUBLISHES BOOK ON ISAAC NEWTON

Issue date: 09 June 2003


ISSUE DATE: 09/06/03

Newton’s Apple
Isaac Newton and the English Scientific Renaissance by Peter Aughton

Peter Aughton, computing specialist and visiting lecturer at the University of the West of England has just published his latest history book entitled ‘Newton’s Apple’. The book is a retelling of the life and times of Sir Isaac Newton and an account of the story of the English Scientific Renaissance of the seventeenth century.

Peter Aughton said, “It may seem initially strange that someone with a background in Engineering should embark on historical book writing. I initially became interested in researching history when I was looking into my family history and it occurred to me that my combined interest in engineering and science would enable me to offer a new insight into this genre. I wanted to put Newton’s scientific breakthroughs into their historical context but also to explain the impact and genius of his discoveries.

“Many contemporary characters are introduced including Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke, the diarists Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, the astronomers John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley. There are contemporary descriptions of events such as the great fire of London and the frost fair on the frozen River Thames in 1684. Woven into this scenario is the story of Newton’s ‘Principia’, the development of his mechanics, the theory of gravitation, the calculus and the theory of light. There is a chapter on Newton’s work at the mint and the story of his beautiful niece Catherine Barton.”

The book is beautifully produced with over sixty illustrations, most of them in colour. The book will be available in all bookshops from 12 June 2003 and is on sales at £20.

Peter Aughton has written other historical books including; ‘Endeavour: The Story of Captains Cook’s First Great Epic Voyage’; ‘Bristol – A People’s History’; ‘Liverpool – A People’s History’ and ‘North Meols and Southport’.

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

Jpeg image of book jacket available by contacting UWE press office.

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