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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 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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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 subjectwhose 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 themnames-mass, gravity, velocity--things our science now takes for granted. Inspired by Aristotle, spurred on by Galileo's discoveries andthe 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 andGenius, 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 theconcepts 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.

From theTrade Paperback edition.

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.

Table of Contents

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307426437
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Scientists - General
Author:
Gleick, James
Author:
James Gleick
Subject:
Science : History
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Physics-Biographies and Classics
Subject:
Physics-General
Subject:
Foreign Languages-German-Geschichte
Subject:
Science Reference-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040608
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Biography » Science and Technology
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"Synopsis" by , 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 subjectwhose 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 themnames-mass, gravity, velocity--things our science now takes for granted. Inspired by Aristotle, spurred on by Galileo's discoveries andthe 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 andGenius, 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 theconcepts 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.

From theTrade Paperback edition.

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