Lunar Lecture: Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London career by Dr Patricia Fara
For the last thirty years of his life, Isaac Newton lived in London and ran the Royal Mint as well as the Royal Society. Formerly a reclusive scholar at Cambridge, now he moved in aristocratic circles, exerted political influence and became very rich. Through exploring a painting by William Hogarth that is packed with Newtonian references, Patricia Fara describes aspects of Newton’s life and fame that usually receive little attention. Taking the picture as her cue, Patricia reintegrates him into a metropolitan world where men and women benefited from global trading based on slavery.
This lecture will be held on Zoom