Brief Lives 3 - Newton (Paperback)Peter Ackroyd (author)
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Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the English genius, made his greatest contributions to original thought before the age of twenty-five, while at home in Lincolnshire escaping the great plague of 1665, a period of which he wrote: 'I was in the prime of age for invention.'
Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, an MP, Master of the Mind and President of the Royal Society, Newton, the author of Principia, one of the most important books in the history of science, was fascinated by calculus, the planets and the 'laws of motion', and, in keeping with his age, blurred the borders between natural philosophy and speculation: he was as passionate about astrology as astronomy and dabbled in alchemy, while his religious faith was never undermined by his scientific reasoning.
Peter Ackroyd brings this somewhat puritanical man to life and demonstrates the unique brilliance of his perceptions, which changed our world forever.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm
Written in splendidly elastic prose, each sentence a springboard for the next, it provides a concise, fair and highly readable biography of a singular genius -- Nigel Hawkes * The Times *
Beautifully written and engaging -- Allan Chapman * BBC History *
Ackroyd has a fine eye for the intimate, thorny details that breathe life into biographies * Herald *
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