289 pages, no illustrations
Stylish, thoughtful and beautifully paced, this is a good antidote to the bloated scientific biographies that crowd the market. Gleick is particularly interested in the formation of Newton's genius in what would seem unpropitious circumstances. He is also expert at explaining Newton's theories. For Gleick, he virtually invents science: before him everything is hazy pseudo-science, and after him there is little more than footnotes.
'The book has the magic of a wonderful laboratory experiment...A masterpiece of clarity -- so difficult to write, so easy to read.' Michael Holroyd'A fresh and brilliant portrait of his personality and life, the people who mattered to him, the influences which played on him, and the contexts of his achievements.' Oliver Sacks'After reading Jim Gleick's beautifully written and intimate portrait of Newton, I felt as is I'd spent an evening by the fire with that complex and troubled genius.' Alan Lightman'It's beautifully paced and very stylishly written: compact, atmospheric, elegant. It offers a brilliant and engaging study in the paradoxes of the scientific imagination' Richard Holmes
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