„Fine tuning” the profetic history: or how a skilled Cambridge theologian became Isaac Newton

Recent years saw a remarkable revival in the field of Newton studies: new books on Newton’s method, on Newton’s empiricism, on Newton’s biblical studies or on the strange fate and destiny of Newton’s manuscripts. Now, Rob Illiffe offers to general public a new and quite exciting biography of the strange scholar who spent decades perusing treatises of alchemy and theology, dabbled in prophecy and numerology, experimented with light, poisoned himself with mercury and managed to become, at the end of his life, the universally acclaimed scientist of the modern era.