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Isaac Newton - James Gleick
Isaac Newton
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400032952 (1400032954)
ASIN: 1400032954
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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3.0 Isaac Newton, James Gleick
Newton is not much less of a cypher to me after reading this than he was before, which is unfortunate, because what I really wanted was insight into his character. I'm left with the impression of a man with a big, fragile ego, much less a scientist in the modern sense than I expected because of his ...
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Booklog rated it
3.0 Isaac Newton
Perhaps I'm predisposed, keeping figures like Einstein and Feynman in mind, to the idea that great minds are inherently liberal. Not in politics necessarily, but in personality. It's hard to imagine someone of the intellectual stature of the inventor of the calculus and modern mechanics not being ma...
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UNICORN PORN FOR ALL rated it
3.0
This is one of those "torn between three stars and four" books. I did get a good sense of who Newton was. He was an asshole. Gleick gets pretty technical. A lot of this book describes Newton's theories, including calculus, in no small amount of detail. I've been frustrated in the past by biogra...
Lost in the Stacks
Lost in the Stacks rated it
4.0
An excellent introduction to the life of Isaac Newton. Too short to go into depth on any time period of Newton's life, Gleick chooses to focus on Newton's personality and world view, which he rigorously developed over the course of his life, and how these gave rise to his great discoveries in physic...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
4.0 Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton was a wizard?!* I love that there was a time, only just a few hundred years ago, in which men attempted wizardy-like experiments, working magic if you will, in their attempts to turn lead into gold and what have you. That's awesome. As a nice "getting to know you" leaping off point, Gle...
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