The Newton Papers mentioned in George Johnson’s latest Raw Data column for NYT

I was surprised and delighted to see that George Johnson mentioned The Newton Papers yesterday in his second post on anti-gravity crusader Roger Babson, noting that it was actually Grace Babson who got on with the serious business of collecting Newton books and manuscripts. (To be fair, Roger was very serious about fighting what he saw as the scourge of gravity, responsible for deaths by drowning, falls and even ‘bad air.’) I enjoyed writing the chapter on the Babsons, not least because it allowed me to write about an American woman (and her American husband) in a book full of English men. And the story is fascinating, loaded with equal measures of quackery and old-fashioned Yankee good sense.

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