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“What a great subject for James Gleick! Isaac Newton was a genius’s genius. His secret jottings changed the way we think about the universe, from the infinite to the infinitesimal. He was larger than life in his search for order, and he had heroic adventures in the realms of mystery and chaos. His behavior on this earth was as eccentric as his voyages beyond it were spectacular. Gleick has written the perfect short life.”
—Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch
“Beautifully paced and very stylishly written: compact, atmospheric, elegant. Isaac Newton offers a brilliant and engaging study in the paradoxes of the scientific imagination. It’s more revealing than a falling apple!”
—Richard Holmes, author of Coleridge
“After reading Jim Gleick’s beautifully written and intimate portrait of Newton, I felt as if I’d spent an evening by the fire with that complex and troubled genius.”
—Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams
“In addition to reflecting on Newton’s genius, Gleick provides 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 achivements, giving us a vivid picture of this superhuman yet all-too-mortal man.”
—Oliver Sacks, author of Uncle Tungsten
"...a slender, thoroughly researched account of Newton's life, written in a spare, sometimes lyrical prose-style..."
"[W]ill set a new benchmark for our understanding of Newton the man....Gleick has given us a refreshingly bold version of Newton, a captivating model for mankind's struggle with the secrets of nature."
Lisa Jardine, Literary Review, December, 2003
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