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The Nasty Feud Between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke

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The Nasty Feud Between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke

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After proving himself with his reflecting telescope, Isaac Newton sent his groundbreaking work on light and colors to the Royal Society, and began a nasty personal feud with Robert Hooke.

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In 1727, just weeks before his death, Isaac Newton burned volumes of his own manuscripts. What did those papers contain? After spending much of his life studying the ancient art of alchemy, the codes of the bible, and trying to predict the apocalypse, did he discover something the world was not prepared to face? Modern psychiatrists suggest that this act, along with other strange behaviors, was caused by a sickness that not only made him paranoid and obsessive, but also explained his genius.

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