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    Re: the Shovell Disaster
    From: Ken Muldrew
    Date: 2007 Nov 13, 11:06 -0700

    On 13 Nov 2007 at 12:43, Michael Daly wrote:
    >   I don't know that anyone would have thought to
    > shrink it down, given the original design came from Newton - I wonder to
    > what extent his contemporaries were in awe of him and would assume he must
    > have done it right.
    In 1676 Newton said, "I will resolutely bid adieu to (science) externally,
    excepting what I do for my private satisfaction or leave to come after me;
    for I see a man must either resolve to put out nothing new or to become a
    slave to defend it." This was over his dispute with Hooke over who
    deserved the credit for various findings in optics, but it does show that
    Newton was not universally held in awe by his contemporaries (at least he
    didn't think so).
    Ken Muldrew.
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