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Laputian Newtons: the science and politics of Swift's 'Gullivers Travels'


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13:00 - 14:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Public history of science lecture by Dr Greg Lynall.

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Greg Lynall is Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool.

Gulliver’s Travels (1726) contains probably the most famous satire on science in world literature, but the circumstances behind its composition are little known. In this talk, Greg Lynall explains how Gulliver’s ‘Voyage to Laputa’ was shaped by Jonathan Swift’s animosity towards the Master of the Royal Mint, Sir Isaac Newton. What began as the airing of a personal and political grievance became an assault upon the foundations of scientific knowledge.

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Laputian Newtons: the science and politics of Swift's 'Gullivers Travels' The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK