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Re^3: The Perl Crackpot Index

by adrianh (Chancellor)
on Jul 27, 2005 at 10:25 UTC ( #478543=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: The Perl Crackpot Index
in thread The Perl Crackpot Index

Isaac Newton wasn't exactly celibate. He was gay.

You can be celibate whatever your sexual orientation.

And having recently got off an extended Newton reading jag everybody and their dog seems to have a different opinion on his sexual orientation, but the arguments are all made on damn thin evidence and don't convince (whether it be gay, het, bi or furry :-).


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Re^4: The Perl Crackpot Index
by tilly (Archbishop) on Jul 27, 2005 at 23:28 UTC
    Well my information is based on The Last Sorcerer, which identified 2 men who it seems likely that he had long-term relationships with. However I freely admit to not being a Newton expert, and I have no real idea if the information in that book is accurate.
      Well my information is based on The Last Sorcerer, which identified 2 men who it seems likely that he had long-term relationships with.

      As I recall the evidence boils down to Newton's censoring of some letters and two long-term relationships with John Wickins, his roommate from his Trinity days, and a young Swiss mathematician whose name escapes me.

      Could he be gay? Certainly. Are there any number of alternate explanations? Yup.

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