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Newton's Dark Secrets

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

A Complicated Man
Learn more about who Newton really was and what motivated him, what calculus is and what brought Newton to invent it, and more in this interview with physics historian Jed Buchwald. (Grades 9-12)

Birth of a Masterpiece
Discover details about Newton's life and what inspired him to write what is considered by many to be the greatest scientific work of all time, the "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica." (Grades 9-12)

Einstein on Newton
Read what Albert Einstein had to say about his predecessor, on the 200th anniversary of Newton's death, in this article from a 1927 Smithsonian Annual Report. (Grades 9-12)

Newton's Alchemy
See an actual page from one of Newton's alchemy notebooks, with parts decoded, and learn more about 17th-century alchemy in an interview with science historian Bill Newman. (Flash plug-in required to view notebook page.) (Grades 9-12)

His Legacy
Delve into seven of Newton's greatest contributions to science, including calculus, the three laws of motion, and the law of universal gravitation. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Library Resource Kit
Find programming ideas, a bibliography, activities, display sheets, and more in this kit that offers doorways into Newton's life and the science that inspired him. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

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Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

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