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Next on NOVA: "Newton's Dark Secrets" http://www.pbs.org/nova/newton/ Broadcast: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.) He was the greatest scientist of his day, perhaps of all time. But while Isaac Newton was busy discovering the universal law of gravitation, he was also searching out hidden meanings in the Bible and pursuing the covert art of alchemy. In this program, NOVA explores the strange and complex mind of Isaac Newton. Using docudrama scenes starring Scott Handy (Masterpiece Theatre's Henry VIII) as Newton, we recreate the unique climate of late 17th-century England, where a newfound fascination with science and mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine. Newton shared both obsessions. Here's what you'll find on the companion Web site: Interview & Articles A Complicated Man If there's one word to describe Isaac Newton it is "genius," as this interview with historian Jed Buchwald makes clear. Birth of a Masterpiece Edmond Halley visited Newton with a simple question and came away with the seeds of a masterwork, the Principia. Einstein on Newton In 1927, 200 years after Newton's death, Albert Einstein wrote a glowing appreciation. Interactive & Overview Newton's Alchemy He kept it hidden, but was it truly scandalous? Find out in this interview and interactive manuscript. His Legacy Gravity. Laws of motion. Reflecting telescope. Calculus. The list goes on... Also, Links & Books, the program transcript, the Teacher's Guide, and more. http://www.pbs.org/nova/newton/

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