Pawn Stars episode, Sir Isaac Newton book. I was totally fascinated by this so I immediately went to Google to find out more. Found this website! Awesome! Indexing it for myself here on my blog.
1546, De Natura Fossilium (On the Nature
of Fossils) and De Ortu et Causis
Subterraneorum, the first book on physical geology and the book
featured on Pawn Stars.
- Fact 1: Sir Isaac Newton was an astronomer, physicist, mathematician, philosopher, alchemist, and theologian that lived from 1643 to 1727.
- Fact 2: Isaac Newton was knighted by Queen Anne in 1705. He was the second scientist to be knighted, after Sir Francis Bacon.
- Fact 3: A descendant of Newton’s original apple tree still grows outside the main gate of Trinity College, Cambridge, below the room Newton lived in when he studied there.
- Fact 4: Newton is best known for establishing the theory of universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, but also extensively studied light and sound.
- Fact 5: Although alchemy is often seen as a pseudo-science, it contributed greatly to our modern understanding of science and evolved into what is now known as chemistry.
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Monday evenings, I enjoy watching Pawn Stars, on the History Channel
. The proprietors of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
in Las Vegas are true characters – the “Old Man” is perhaps the most interesting curmudgeon in entertainment today.
Last night, I was amazed and amused when the Old Man bought a rare and collectible book. But first, he called in an expert to appraise the beautiful, obviously old, leather bound Latin text with marginalia. I was a bit shocked when the appraiser verified the seller’s claim that it was a book belonging to the library of Sir Isaac Newton
. The Old Man was able to purchase the book for $7,000 after the appraiser suggested it would be valued at $20,000. Well-negotiated, but still a large outlay for the curmudgeon. I knew I would have to do some research on this transaction to evaluate the Old Man’s book-sense and the expert’s judgement.
The Old Man bought a book published in 1546, authored by Georgius Agricola, published in Latin with a book plate and markings documenting it was from Sir Isaac Newton’s personal library. Georgius (Bauer) Agricola (1490-1555)
was a physician who practiced medicine in the silver mining district near the town of Joachimsthal
on the border today of Germany and the Czech Republic. His practice enabled him to pursue his real talent, studying geology, and he is now considered the founder of the modern science of physical geology.
Agricola published two books in 1546, De Natura Fossilium (On the Nature of Fossils) and De Ortu et Causis Subterraneorum, the first book on physical geology and the book featured on Pawn Stars. This is a notable and collectible book because it is the first comprehensive and scientific (in the modern sense) book on physical geology. Agricola considers wind and water as powerful geological forces and argues that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are caused by the heating of subterranean gases and vapors by the earth’s internal heat.
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