‘Newton’s Secrets’: New exhibition at the JNUL
The manuscripts exhibited unveil some of ‘Newton’s Secrets’ in two senses.
First, through them we
make our acquaintance with aspects of Newton’s work and
personality that, for a long time, lay hidden from the
public eye, especially his alchemical experiments and his
interest in ancient history and apocalyptic prophecies.
Second, they reveal to us that Newton put great effort into
deciphering what he considered to be secret knowledge,
knowledge encoded in the sacred texts of ancient cultures
and other historical records. His attempts to extract
scientific information from the biblical and talmudic
descriptions of the Tabernacle and the Temple exemplify his
passionate engagement in this enterprise.
these studies with the meticulous diligence he manifests in
his scientific work, and approached science with the
religious fervor that led him to see himself as a kind of
prophet. The treasures of this exhibition invite us to
rethink traditional dichotomies: ancients and moderns,
science and religion, the rational and the irrational.
Monday, 18.06.2007 to 08.10.2007
Opening Hours: Sun. - Thu. 9:00 - 19:00 ; Fri. 9:00 - 13:00
Attention: The library will be closed from 19 till 24 August 2007 inclusive.
Berman Hall, Jewish National & University Library, Giva'at
The exhibition is open to the public.