Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
Newton's work on the occult and alchemy - the problems of bridging mind and matter - hinged on his perception of time. To unlock the problem of time, he studied the Bible to try to pinpoint the end of the world. He knew that these esoteric and eccentric branches of research would be dismissed and did not publish them. Upon his death in 1727, his occult work was hidden in a locked chest in the home of the Earl of Portsmouth, where it remained until 1936. The contents were then split and auctioned at Sotheby's to two buyers and only recently came to light. A 2003 BBC documentary, Newton: The Dark Heretic, described Newton's predictions about the end of time.