"Finally, basing our discussion in part on an examination of the reading marks that Newton left in the surviving copies of Hebrew grammars and lexicons that he owned, we will argue that his interest in Hebrew was not intended to achieve linguistic proficiency but remained limited to particular theological queries of singular concern."

Joalland, M. and Mandelbrote, S. (2016) ‘Isaac Newton learns Hebrew: Samuel Johnson's Nova cubi Hebræi tabella’, Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. Royal Society, 70(1), p. 9-21. doi: @earlymodern @science @histodon @histodons

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Learning for the sake of acquiring knowledge is rare. Now it seems people learn to acquire a degree, and then they stop learning.

@Lady_Thistle @earlymodern @science @histodon @histodons It may be for some people that the dual imperatives of gaining employment and paying for their way through life are the main engines behind their quest for knowledge.

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