Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

by James Gleick
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Isaac Newton by James Gleick

Isaac Newton was born in a stone farmhouse in 1642, fatherless and unwanted by his mother. When he died in London in 1727 he was so renowned he was given a state funeral—an unheard-of honor for a subject whose achievements were in the realm of the intellect. During the years he was an irascible presence at Trinity College, Cambridge, Newton imagined properties of nature and gave them names—mass, gravity, velocity—things our science now takes for granted. Inspired by Aristotle, spurred on by Galileo’s discoveries and the philosophy of Descartes, Newton grasped the intangible and dared to take its measure, a leap of the mind unparalleled in his generation.

James Gleick, the author of Chaos and Genius, and one of the most acclaimed science writers of his generation, brings the reader into Newton’s reclusive life and provides startlingly clear explanations of the concepts that changed forever our perception of bodies, rest, and motion—ideas so basic to the twenty-first century, it can truly be said: We are all Newtonians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307426437
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 220,498
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

JAMES GLEICK is our leading chronicler of science and technology, the best-selling author of Chaos: Making a New Science, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, and The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. His books have been translated into thirty languages.

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Isaac Newton 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a math person, but now I get how Newton changed -- no, invented -- mathematics. This book is short, accessible, and actually very moving in the contrast between Newton's life and his ideas. It's absolutely breathtaking that a single person could have so many different perspectives and convert them to ideas and then to concrete uses.
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thealexander356 More than 1 year ago
This book not only depicts one of my favourite physicists, but also my favourite person of all time: Isaac Newton, and, for that reason alone, this is my favourite book all time. The biography is documented in a way that, I think, is well done. However, my greatest concern is the miniature length of the novel. Einstein has a biography written about him that is, approxtimately, five times the size of Isaac Newton's and yet his prominence's was, in my opinion, just the opposite proportion in comparision. Given the rich depth of the character he was depicting there is, to me, no doubt whatsoever that James Gleick could have expanded the length of the novel to more than just the bare-minimal requirements. Other than that, I think the biography was well-written. The book I enjoyed reading, but, to be frank, the only explanation for why I bothered to buy this book in the first place is that there were no other biographies I could find written about him. My verdict, buy this book only as a last resort only in the event that you are very interested in Isaac Newton.