Let Newton Be!


Location: Washington Hall

The Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and the History of Science Society’s Executive Office are pleased to announce a performance of Let Newton Be!, by the Menagerie Theatre Company of Cambridge, England. The play, which features 3 actors portraying Isaac Newton during three stages of his life (each on the stage at the same time) will take place on Tuesday, April 19th, 7:00 pm in historic Washington Hall on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Let Newton Be!, which uses only the words of Newton and his contemporaries, focuses on the tension between Newton’s scientific exploration and religious fanaticism. More information about the play can be found at the Menagerie website (http://www.menagerietheatre.co.uk/productions/2009-2011/newton/), and a glowing review can be found in the November 13, 2009 issue of Science: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/326/5955/937.1.full.

The 80-minute performance will be followed by an audience Q&A session with the actors and director of Let Newton Be! The discussion will be moderated by Notre Dame’s Katherine Brading and will include Dr. Rob Iliffe, Director of the AHRC Newton Papers Project, and Zvi Biener, philosopher of science at Western Michigan University.

Tickets for the performance are $5.00, and they will be available beginning Monday (28 March) from the Box Office in the west lobby of the LaFortune Student Center. You can also call the History of Science Society at 1-1194 for more information.