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Physical Attraction

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Aug 10, 2018

So in this episode, I am fortunate enough to interview Cornelius Schilt – perhaps better known to the world by his blog title, Corpus Newtonicum, which you can go and read at Corpus He is a DPhil student at the University of Oxford, studying the History of Science, and focused on the life, career, and works of Isaac Newton. What’s more, he just handed in his thesis the day before I conducted this interview – best of luck on the viva, CJ! 

In this, the second part of our interview, we talk about the context of the philosophy of time and Newton’s philosophy of the universe, Newton’s personal life, his alchemy, his legacy.

Our guest today was CJ Schilt, a History of Science DPhil student here at Oxford – in a few weeks’ time, I have no doubt, Dr Schilt. If you want to find out more, you can follow him on Twitter, and do visit the blog Corpus Newtonicum. You can also check out the newton project which CJ contributed to – an attempt to transcribe all of Newton’s works. 

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