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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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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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      • source: The New York Times Book Review
      • content: "The biography of choice. . . . Newton the man emerges from the shadows."
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      • content: "Succinct, elegant. . . . A sharp, beautifully written introduction to the man."
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      • source: John Banville, The Guardian
      • content: "A masterpiece of brevity and concentration. Isaac Newton sees its angular subject in the round, presenting him as scientist and magician, believer and heretic, monster and man. . . . It will surely stand as the definitive study for a very long time to come. Fortunate Newton!"
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      • content: "Beautifully flesh[es] out the alchemical dialectic, its balancing act between the spiritual and the gross."
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      • content: "An elegantly written, insightful work that brings Newton to life and does him justice. . . . Gleick proves to be not only a sound explicator of Newton's science but also a capable literary stylist, whose understated empathy with his subject lets us almost see through Newton's eyes."
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      • source: Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books
      • content: "For the casual reader with a serious interest in Newton's life and work, I recommend Gleick's biography as an excellent place to start. It has three important virtues. It is accurate, it is readable, and it is short.... Gleick has gone back to the original notebooks and brought [Newton] to life."
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      • source: New Scientist
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      • content: "Written with enormous enthusiasm and verve and in a style that is often closer to poetry than prose. [Gleick] explains the fundamentals with clarity and grace. His ease with the science is the key to the book's delight."
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      • source: Toronto Globe and Mail
      • content: "[Gleick is] one of the best science writers of our time. . . . He has exhumed from mountains of historical documents and letters a compelling portrait of a man who held the cards of his genius and near madness close to his chest. Gleick's book [is] hard to put down."
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      • source: The Tucson Citizen
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      • content: "Marvellously rich, elegant and poetic. . . . [Gleick's] great talent is the ability to unravel complex ideas without talking down. Books on Newton abound, but Gleick's fresh, intimate and beautifully composed account succeeds where many fail, in eloquently dramatizing the strange power of his subject's vision."
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      • content: "Gleick . . . has transformed mainstream academic research into an exciting story. Gleick has done a marvelous job of recreating intellectual life in Britain around the end of the 17th century. He excels at translating esoteric discussions into clear, simple explanations that make sense to modern people."
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      • content: "Gleick . . . brings to bear on Newton's life and thought the same clarity of understanding and expression that brought order to chaos in his first volume [Chaos: Making a New Science]."
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      • content: "Moving . . . [Gleick's] biography is perhaps the most accessible to date. He is an elegant writer, brisk without being shallow, excellent on the essence of the work, and revealing in his account of Newton's dealings with the times."
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      • source: The San Diego Union-Tribune
      • content: "You can't get much more entertaining than Isaac Newton–as described by James Gleick, that is."
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      • source: Yorkshire Evening Post
      • content: "Huge in scope and profound in depth. . . . The extent of Newton's genius is revealed in breathtaking detail. . . . A remarkable and challenging work and does full justice to its subject."
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        March 31, 2003
        Gleick's most renowned writing falls into one of two categories: vivid character studies or broad syntheses of scientific trends. Here, he fuses the two genres with a biography of the man who was emblematic of a new scientific paradigm, but this short study falls a bit short on both counts. The author aims to "ground this book as wholly as possible in its time; in the texts," and his narrative relies heavily on direct quotations from Newton's papers, extensively documented with more than 60 pages of notes. While his attention to historical detail is impressive, Gleick's narrative aims somewhere between academic and popular history, and his take on Newton feels a bit at arms-length, only matching the vibrancy of his Feynman biography at moments (particularly when describing Newton's disputes with such competitors as Robert Hooke or Leibniz). As might be expected, Gleick's descriptions of Newton's scientific breakthroughs are clear and engaging, and his book is strongest when discussing the shift to a mathematical view of the world that Newton championed. In the end, this is a perfectly serviceable overview of Newton's life and work, and will bring this chapter in the history of science to a broader audience, but it lacks the depth one hopes for from a writer of Gleick's abilities. Agent, Michael Carlisle.(May 16)Forecast: Despite the book's flaws, its brevity and Gleick's reputation may make this the perfect intro to Newton for readers new to him or to science. It could generate good sales.

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