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"Newton's Dark Secrets"
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Next on NOVA: "Newton's Dark Secrets"

Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.
(Broadcast in High Definition where available)

He was the greatest scientist of his day, perhaps of all time. But
while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal law of
gravitation, he was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible
and pursuing the covert art of alchemy. In this program, NOVA
explores the strange and complex mind of Isaac Newton. Using
docudrama scenes starring Scott Handy (Masterpiece Theatre's Henry
VIII) as Newton, we recreate the unique climate of late 17th-century
England, where a newfound fascination with science and mathematics
coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine. Newton shared
both obsessions.

Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site:

Interview & Articles

A Complicated Man
If there's one word to describe Isaac Newton it is "genius," as
this interview with historian Jed Buchwald makes clear.

Birth of a Masterpiece
Edmond Halley visited Newton with a simple question and came away
with the seeds of a masterwork, the Principia.

Einstein on Newton
In 1927, 200 years after Newton's death, Albert Einstein wrote a
glowing appreciation.

Interactive & Overview

Newton's Alchemy
He kept it hidden, but was it truly scandalous? Find out in this
interview and interactive manuscript.

His Legacy
Gravity. Laws of motion. Reflecting telescope. Calculus. The list
goes on...

Also, a downloadable audio story on Newton's Alchemy, Links & Books,
the program transcript, the Teacher's Guide, and more:


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