The needle in Newton’s eye

IsaacnewtonScientists occasionally conduct experiments on themselves. Among the most famous was Isaac Newton’s extraor­dinary method for probing the nature of colour. He stuck a bodkin, a long sewing needle with a blunt point, into his eye socket, between eye and bone, and recorded seeing coloured circles and other visual phenom­ena. In his new play, Isaac’s Eye, Lucas Hnath uses this bizarre experiment to explore sci­entific rivalry, the nature of truth and knowl­edge, and how the narratives of science and life congeal.

[Read more at Nature (paywall) or download PDF // February 14, 2013]


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