Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2008

Journal or Book Title

Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft

Volume

3

First Page

1

Last Page

28

DOI

10.1353/mrw.0.0090

Abstract

John Maynard Keynes once described Sir Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest figure of the scientific revolution, as being ‘‘not the first of the age of reason’’ but ‘‘the last of the magicians.’’ Keynes was commenting, among other things, on Newton’s fascination with alchemy and the influence it may have had on his mathematical studies of gravitation and optics. This quip, no doubt originally deployed for its pithiness, raises broad questions of historical periodization.

Comments

This article is from Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft 3 (2008): 1-28, doi: 10.1353/mrw.0.0090. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

University of Pennsylvania Press

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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