ISAAC NEWTON….I see that the New York Public Library has mounted what looks to be a fascinating exhibit dedicated to Isaac Newton. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I lived in New York. I could spend all day at something like this.
Unfortunately, if James Gleick is right ? and he seems to be ? it sounds like it does a pretty poor job of portraying Newton himself, who was, to put it bluntly, something of a ruthless, misanthropic bastard. True, he’s also the most influential human being yet to walk the earth, but he was still a shithead. It seems odd to avoid that in a major exhibit, even if Newton the man isn’t its major focus.