Isaac Newton

ISBN-10: 1400032954
ISBN-13: 9781400032952
Edition: N/A
Authors: James Gleick
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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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.

He wrote the worldwide bestseller Chaos, which was nominated for the National Book Award. He was the 1990 McGraw Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University.

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Isaac Newton
What Imployment Is He Fit For?
Some Philosophical Questions
To Resolve Problems by Motion
Two Great Orbs
Bodys & Senses
The Oddest If Not the Most Considerable Detection
Reluctancy and Reaction
In the Midst of a Whirlwind
All Things Are Corruptible
Heresy, Blasphemy, Idolatry
First Principles
Every Body Perseveres
Is He Like Other Men?
No Man Is a Witness in His Own Cause
The Marble Index of a Mind
Notes
Acknowledgments and Sources
Index

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