How Did Hooke Contribute To The Decline Of Newton's Principia

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As the years continued, Hooke’s life became to go on a downwards spiral. His niece that he loved dearly died the same year that the Principia was published in 1687. As Newton fame and reputation grew at a rapid pace, Hooke’s declined. This caused Hooke to become more bitter and hateful towards Newton. Even till the bitter end, Hooke took every opportunity he could to offend Newton and his work. Knowing that Newton would soon be elected the new president of the Royal Society, Hooke denied to retire until his final year before his death in 1703. Newton’s book Principia instantly raised him to being known internationally, making him more involved in social and public functions. Consciously or unconsciously, he was ready for the next chapter in his life. Newton did not find anymore fulfillment in his position at Cambridge. Newton then became more involved in other issues. Newton aided the resistance to King James II’s effort to reinforce the Catholic teachings at Cambridge. in 1689 Newton had been elected to represent Cambridge in Parliament. While Newton was in London, he surrounded himself with a bigger group of intellectuals. Newton became acquainted with John Locke, a political philosopher. even though many of the scientist on Europe continued to teach the mechanical world…show more content…
The cause of this has many open opinions: Newton’s misfortune of not having a higher position by England’s new monarchs, Mary II and William III, or the loss of his friendship with Duillier. Others have their opinions that Newton was exhausted from working long hard hours or even mercury poisoning from all his decades of alchemical research. It is difficult to know the exact reason, but there has been evidence suggesting that Newton had wrote many letters to his London colleagues, including Duillier, that seemed insane and delusional, and accused them all of dishonesty and
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