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.... Newton, experimental philosopher, slid a bodkin into his eye socket between eyeball and bone. He pressed with the tip until he saw 'severall white darke & coloured circles'.... Almost as recklessly, he stared with one eye at the sun, reflected in a looking glass, for as long as he could bear.
From poor beginnings, Newton rose to prominence and wealth, and Gleick uses contemporary accounts and notebooks to track the genius's arc, much as Newton tracked the paths of comets. Without a single padded sentence or useless fact, Gleick portrays a complicated man whose inspirations required no falling apples. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
James Gleick does a very good job in Isaac Newton establishing Newton in his place and time and also make clear just why Newton was such a genius. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Billie Pritchett
This work is well-written (many exceptional turns of phrase) as well as non-controversial (the author is honest about a confusion/lack of evidence on things like the invention of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ryan Mease
not as large as am used to . they are somewhere between med and large they will doPublished 3 months ago by T. Burless
Very very detailed and informative biography about Sir Issac Newton. The author, James Gleick, is well known for producing outstanding works about science. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MSE fanatic
Gleick's book brilliantly explains Newton's discoveries and their importance. Not a great deal about the man himself is revealed but little is known about his thoughts and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Schnaubelt
As a life science instructor, now retired, with a very broad interest in all science I have taught elements of science history as relates to microbiology, anatomy and physiology,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by BeenThere
It was an interesting read. Much of the scientific information was over my head but the way Newton went about his experiments was fascinating. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom B
This book provided a very well-written overview of Newton's life. Gleick is a skilled writer, turning one memorable sentence after another. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Larry Payne