Isaac Newton as theologian, artisan, and roommate: some new documents

This talk will introduce some letters between Newton and his college roommate, John Wickins, that were previously unknown to scholarship. They shed light on what Newton’s greatest biographer, Richard Westfall, called the ‘mystery wrapped in an enigma’ of Newton’s relationship with Wickins. Beyond that, they provide precious new evidence for the chronology and nature of Newton’s first interest in theology and for his hands-on collaboration with London artisans.