It's ironic that Isaac Newton, the enigmatic 17th-century scientific genius, should occasion an autobiographical outpouring of 188 pages of long-lined verse. Socolow exploits allegories in Newton's work: gravity represents ``falling bodies''; light waves ``cannot resist/ a small caress.'' ``I am a professor of daily life,'' she admits to Newton, who had none. Although these essay-like poems are irradiated with insights about ``the sense of things absent,'' apostrophizing Newton finally fails to find poetry in physics. Frank Allen, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
School Library Journal
YA A book aimed at those looking for an alternate view of Newton, this collection of poems centers upon the effect that Newton had on his immediate world. From the point of view of people around him, and from Newton himself, the poems deal with man's struggles and his insights. Clearly a text for those who are the ``Physics for Poets'' type, this would be a fine alternate reference for shedding light on Newton, the man. Socolow has done her research, and injects that experience and knowledge into her poetry. The poems may be viewed as attendant pieces to the most famous physicist's life. It may serve to demystify the man who claimed merely to stand upon the shoulders of giants; it will certainly serve as a secondary source for insight. George F. Hawkins, Episcopal High School, Bellaire