解析库 > OG - 其他版
Elements of the Philosophy of Newton, published by Voltaire in 1738, was an early attempt to popularize the scientific ideas of Isaac Newton. In the book`s frontispiece, Voltaire is seen writing at his desk, and over him a shaft of light from heaven, the light of truth, passes through Newton to Voltaire`s collaborator Madame du Ch?telet; she reflects that light onto the inspired Voltaire. Voltaire`s book commanded a wide audience, according to Feingold, because "he was neither a mathematician nor a physicist, but a literary giant aloof from the academic disputes over Newtonian ideas." In other words, Voltaire`s amateurism in science "was a source of his contemporary appeal, demonstrating for the first time the accessibility of Newton`s ideas to nonspecialists."