Isaac Newton: His Life and Visionary Ideas

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New York University

Matthew Stanley teaches the history and philosophy of science at NYU. He holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics, and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. He has held fellowships at the British Academy, and the Max Planck Institute, and was recently awarded the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Stanley is the author of Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I.



Isaac Newton’s experiments, equations, and calculations changed the world – but he thought those were his least important contributions.  He saw his epochal investigations in science as just one part of his obsessive quest to find the deepest truths of the universe, which took him through physics, alchemy, and theology.  Newton lived at a time of almost unimaginable turmoil and uncertainty, surrounded by wars, plagues, and revolution. In this course, we will examine his life and ideas to see how he not only established science as we know it today but created a framework for knowledge that reshaped everything–from philosophy to politics.




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Wendy Meer

Excellent lecture on all counts.


2 years ago

Excellent: understandable and inspiring.

2 years ago
Peter Kahn

Looking forward to your next lecture. All the best

2 years ago

Isaac Newton: his life visionary prophecy

Professor Stanley is a wonderful teacher and speaker so that I had few questions after he was finished with his lecture. Again so much I did not know

2 years ago

Isaac Newton

Professor Stanley is an excellent teacher and speaker. When I finished watching him give his lecture I did not have any immediate questions.
A genius indeed!

2 years ago
Karen Schultz-McGuire


This was a great lecture as I learned many things about Newton that I had never been aware of before.
The lecturer was excellent in conveying complex information in a manner that made it accessible enough.

4 months ago
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