NEWTON AND THE ISRAEL TEMPLE
Unpublished manuscripts reveal that Newton tried to calculate the size of the Ancient Temple of Israel
A lesser known facet of the famous scientist who discovered the law of gravity is his studies on Biblical chronology and alchemy. Writings discovered 200 years after his death show his research on these issues and an auction house will put them up for sale.
He is one of the greatest scientists of all time, he is the man who discovered the theory of gravity and the effects of his studies continue to this day in physics, optics and mathematics. But newly discovered writings show a different side to Isaac Newton, a side discovered more than 200 years after his death. Some of the discovered manuscripts reveal that Newton tried to decipher the secrets of the pyramids, as part of his empirical demonstration of the theory of gravity and that he sought to discover the exact dimensions of the First Temple.
The unpublished documents are estimated to have been written some 340 years ago (circa 1680) and were discovered in the 1930s, 200 years after Newton's death in 1727. English auction house Sotheby's will sell the writings at auction, and it is estimated that the buyer will have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for them.
Newton, who studied the pyramids in the late 17th century while living on the Woolsthorpe estate in Lincolnshire, England, believed that once he discovered how they were built, he could solve many other mysteries as well. His attempt was to understand the unit of measurement used by the pharaohs in construction. Newton believed that the ancient Egyptians had been able to measure the earth and thought that if he could understand the Egyptian unit of measurement, he could calculate the circumference of the earth himself.
The manuscripts look burned around the edges, and the explanation sounds like an old version of "the dog ate his homework." Diamond, Newton's dog, is supposed to have jumped over a table and knocked over a candle that landed on the scientist's notes. Sotheby's manuscripts expert Gabriel Heaton told Britain's The Observer newspaper: "These are fascinating documents, in which you can see Newton's attempt to unlock the secrets of the pyramids."
Newton also sought to decipher the architecture and dimensions of the First Temple, which was built by King Solomon and destroyed in 586 BC. C. by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. His search also led him to try to find the hidden messages in the Old Testament passages.
Newton's reputation is based on mathematical discoveries, but his interest can also be found in the study of biblical chronology and alchemy, a branch of knowledge of natural materials which, according to his researchers, possessed hidden forces. sometimes magical. Newton's writings on these subjects were discovered in 1936, and some were bought up by the famous economist John Keynes, who called Newton "the last of the magicians."
"The idea that science is an alternative to religion is modern. Newton did not think his scientific work could be undermined by his religious beliefs," Heaton said.