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review 2018-08-01 06:44
Isaac Newton, James Gleick
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 reluctance to publish his results, despite his obvious genius, which has come to shape our modern world philosophically and technologically.

 

I don't know if Gleick chose not to focus on character or if there isn't much evidence, but if you want the bare facts of Newton's life and what he acheived, then this book will give you them in a compact, digestible form.

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text 2018-07-31 17:58
Reading progress update: I've read 199 out of 289 pages.
Isaac Newton - James Gleick

Newton was obsessed with crimson furnishings. Also, he died.

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text 2018-07-30 23:23
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 289 pages.
Isaac Newton - James Gleick

Newton's feud with Hooke ends with the latter's death but it is soon replaced with the dispute with Liebniz over priority regarding invention of the calculus. And this is why you should publish your results promptly, folks.

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text 2018-07-30 22:10
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 289 pages.
Isaac Newton - James Gleick

Newton leaves Cambridge for London and the Royal Mint.

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text 2018-07-30 17:39
Reading progress update: I've read 145 out of 289 pages.
Isaac Newton - James Gleick

The Royal Society publishes 60 copies of the Principia; Newton explains more with less than anybody in the history of science.

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