Bernard Shaw and Isaac Newton

  • John Maynard Keynes


Newton’s life falls into two parts, and his habit of life was remarkably different in the one from what it was in the other. The dividing line came somewhere about 1692 when he was fifty years of age. G.B.S. has placed In Good King Charles’s Golden Days in the year 1680. With wild departure from the known facts he describes Newton as he certainly was not in that year. But with prophetic insight into the possibilities of his nature he gives us a picture which would not have been very unplausible thirty years later—’In Dull King George’s Golden (much more golden) Days’. May I here praise G.B.S. by illustrating the proleptic quality of his anachronisms?


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