Secret manuscripts of mathematician from the field of alchemy and theology are on display at Sotheby’s auction.
The famous physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton, who formulated the laws of gravity and the three laws of mechanics, tried to reveal the “secret code” of the Egyptian pyramids. About this writes The Guardian.
Newton’s secret obsession with alchemy and little-known sections of theology became known only 200 years after the death of the scientist.
The other side of physics was revealed in his unpublished notes. Some of these works have recently been put up for auction by Sotheby’s. The sheets contain records of Newton, who tried to unravel the codes hidden in the Bible and the Egyptian pyramids to predict the arrival of the biblical apocalypse.
“This is really fascinating work, because in them you can see how Newton is trying to unravel the secrets of the pyramids. In a way, a wonderful combination of works by Newton and the great objects of classical antiquity, which fascinate people for thousands of years. The documents surprisingly quickly take you right to the heart of a number of deep questions that Newton explored,” said Gabriel Heaton, an expert on Sotheby’s manuscripts.
Newton studied the pyramids in the 1680s, during a voluntary scientific exile at an estate in South Kesteven, Lincolnshire, England. The physicist tried to find the unit of measurement used by the builders of the pyramids, because he thought that the ancient Egyptians could measure the Earth, and by opening the elbow (unit) of the Great Pyramid, he could learn the circumference of the Earth.
Newton hoped that the unravelling would lead him to other ancient units of measurement that would reveal the architecture and dimensions of the Temple of Solomon or the First Temple to unravel the hidden meaning of the Bible.
“He liked to think of himself as the new Messiah who came to save the world,” said Cambridge University Professor of History of Science Patricia Farah.
Researchers believe that Isaac Newton knew the date when all life would disappear from the face of the earth.