The Occult Obsessions Of Sir Isaac Newton

newton_manuscript416The father of physics was deeply involved with esoteric and Kabbala studies, and was convinced that Jewish scripture and the geometry of temples contained crucial worldly secrets, the Daily Mail reveals:

He laid the foundations of classical physics and is considered to be one of the greatest scientists of all time. But Sir Isaac Newton was also deeply interested in the occult and applied a scientific approach to the study of scripture and Jewish mysticism.

Now Israel’s national library, which contains a vast trove of Newton’s esoteric writings, has digitised his occult collection and posted it online. Among the yellowed texts is Newton’s famous prediction of the apocalypse in 2060.

Newton learned Hebrew and delved into the study of esoteric Jewish philosophy, the mysticism of Kabbala and the Talmud. He based his calculation on the end of days on information gleaned from the Book of Daniel, which projected the apocalypse 1,260 years later. He also believed that the geometry of Solomon’s temple encoded ancient wisdom about proportions in nature and man’s place in Creation.

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    Renaissance scientists interested in the occult sciences?  What a surprise!

    Guess I’m glad this was posted, but only because I’m annoyed at how many people this would be a surprise to.  Methinks the spiritualist and new age movements really muddied people’s idea of the occult…far too many don’t seem to realize that for centuries, they were the HIGHEST form of science we had, being our only salvation from otherwise purely religious rule.  They’re highly cryptic, and in some cases, outdated, so they’re worth taking with a grain of salt, but they’re simultaneously also a lot more valuable than most mainstream scientists and philosophers are willing to give them credit for.