Newton's water clocks and the fluid mechanics of clepsydrae

  title={Newton's water clocks and the fluid mechanics of clepsydrae},
  author={A. Mills},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={35 - 61}
  • A. Mills
  • Published 1982
  • Sociology
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
Most biographies of Isaac Newton (1642-1727; F.R.S. 1672; P.R.S. 1703-1727) mention a water clock that he is reported to have constructed as a boy when living at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire. The source of this and other anecdotes concerning Newton’s boyhood (1) is William Stukeley, who made it his business to collect such memories upon retiring to live in nearby Grantham. In a letter (2) dated 26 June 1727 (i.e. only some three months after Newton’s death) he writes: Moreover Sir Isaac’s… Expand

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