Bechler, Zev. "ĎA Less Agreeable Matter': The Disagreeable Case of Newton and Achromatic


Bechler, Zev. "ĎA Less Agreeable Matter': The Disagreeable Case of Newton and Achromatic
Reflection," British Journal for the History of Science 8 (July, 1975), pp. 101-126.

This little gem suggests that Newton was less than candid and, perhaps, quite dishonest in his
submission of the reflecting telescope to the Royal Academy as if it were his own invention. It
was this invention more than anything else which led to his election to the Academy. He made
and submitted the device as his invention yet the plans for such an instrument had been "around"
for over a century. Moreover, he was quite disingenuous in his description of the invention and
the impression he gave the Society's members. This author regards the entire event as a "dark
blemish" on Newton's scientific reputation.