Isaac Newton: And the Scientific Revolution

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byGale E. Christianson

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In 1665, when an epidemic of the plague forced Cambridge University to close, Isaac Newton, then a young, undistinguished scholar, returned to his childhood home in rural England. Away from his colleagues and professors, Newton embarked on one of the greatest intellectual odysseys in thehistory of science: he began to formulate the law of universal gravitation, developed the calculus, and made revolutionary discoveries about the nature of light. After his return to Cambridge, Newton's genius was quickly recognized and his reputation forever established. This biography also allowsus to see the personal side of Newton, whose life away from science was equally fascinating. Quarrelsome, quirky, and not above using his position to silence critics and further his own career, he was an authentic genius with all too human faults.

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Explores the life and scientific contributions of the famed English mathematician and natural philosopher

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In 1665, when an epidemic of the plague forced Cambridge University to close, Isaac Newton, then a young, undistinguished scholar, returned to his childhood home in rural England. Away from his colleagues and professors, Newton embarked on one of the greatest intellectual odysseys in thehistory of science: he began to formulate the law...

Gale E. Christianson is at Indiana State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 6.73 × 9.57 × 0.67 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195092244

ISBN - 13:9780195092240

Appropriate for ages: 12 - adult

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"All readers will enjoy the personal life story, and they will feel the excitement of Newton's discoveries of the laws that govern an orderly and knowable universe."--Booklist