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Isaac Newton


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James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science?how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of looking at dynamic systems; in Genius, he portrayed the wondrous dimensions of Richard Feynman?s mind. Now, in Isaac Newton, he gives us the story of the scientist who, above all others, embodied humanity?s quest to unveil the hidden forces that constitute the physical world.

In this original, sweeping, and intimate biography, Gleick moves between a comprehensive historical portrait and a dramatic focus on Newton?s significant letters and unpublished notebooks to illuminate the real importance of his work in physics, in optics, and in calculus. He makes us see the old intuitive, alchemical universe out of which Newton?s mathematics first arose and shows us how Newton?s ideas have altered all forms of understanding from history to philosophy. And he gives us a moving account of the conflicting impulses that pulled at this man?s heart: his quiet longings, his rage, his secrecy, the extraordinary subtleties of a personality that were mirrored in the invisible forces he first identified as the building blocks of science. More than biography, more than history, more than science, Isaac Newton tells us how, through the mind of one man, we have come to know our place in the cosmos.

Book News Annotation:

Gleick, interpreter of science for the (serious) lay reader in such books as here turns his attention to the pioneering physicist. This narrative traces the emergence of Newton's vision and the fundamental impact his work has had on human consciousness. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


From one of our foremost science writers comes a portrait of the scientific mind that glimpsed more of the truth than perhaps any other and that first articulated the essence of what we know. of illustrations.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-258) and index.

About the Author

James Gleick is an author, reporter, and essayist. His writing on science and technology–including Chaos, Genius, Faster, and What Just Happened–has been translated into thirty languages. He lives in New York.

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Table of Contents

  1. 1.What imployment is he fit for
  2. 2.Some philosophical questions
  3. 3.To resolve problems by motion
  4. 4.Two great orbs
  5. 5.Bodys & senses
  6. 6. Theoddest if not the most considerable detection
  7. 7.Reluctancy and rection -8.In the midst of a whirlwind
  8. 9.All things are corruptible
  9. 10.Heresy, blasphemy, idolatry
  10. 11.First principles
  11. 12.Every body perseveres
  12. 13.Is he like other men
  13. 14.No man is a witness in his own cause
  14. 15. Themarble index of a mind.

Product Details

Gleick, James
Random House
Gleick, James
New York
Great britain
Historical - General
Scientists - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
May 2003
8.30x5.46x1.04 in. .91 lbs.

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