Celebrity advice (was: Advice to a Junior in High School?)

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Thu Aug 28 20:27:09 CEST 2003


"Gerrit Holl" <gerrit at nl.linux.org> wrote in message
news:mailman.1062049918.8355.python-list at python.org...
> No; reading Newton is also perfectly valid.

Cute.

For those whoe don't get the joke, Newton, the great mathematical
physicist who helped spur the 'Age of Reason', also spent decades
'practicing' and secretly writing about alchemy and related magic,
which writings would now (and even then) be considered rubbish to
most.  (They only became public in the 1930s.)  Ironically, his
magical beliefs probably helped him conceive of gravity and its
'magical' action at a distance.

Terry J. Reedy






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