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Isaac Newton was indisputably one of the greatest scientists in history. His achievements in mathematics and physics marked the culmination of the movement that brought modern science into being. Richard Westfall's biography captures in engaging detail both his private life and scientific career, presenting a complex picture of Newton the man, and as scientist, philosopher, theologian, alchemist, public figure, President of the Royal Society, and Warden of the Royal Mint. An abridged version of his magisterial study Never at Rest (Cambridge, 1980), this concise biography makes Westfall's highly acclaimed portrait of Newton newly accessible to general readers.Read more
- A popular abridgement of Westfall's classic biography of Isaac Newton, one of the greatest scientists in history
- Makes Westfall's highly acclaimed biography newly accessible to general readers
- Deals with the whole range of Newton's activities: scientific, philosophical, theological, alchemical, political, private and public
Reviews & endorsements
"Altogether, this book should be considered an indispensable acquisition for any intelligent reader's bookshelf …"
Webb Society Quarterly JournalSee more reviews
"… provides a masterly, well-documented summary of contemporary views of all the many facets of Newton's astoundingly wide-ranging career … and will be essential reading for aspiring Newtonian scholars."
Marie Boas Hall, Nature
"… Westfall has organised his enormous task beautifully and done our most elusive worthy proud."
M. Ratcliffe, The Times
"That this is the best biography of Newton is easily and truthfully said … surely no one is going to repeat Westfall's immense and shrewdly conducted task in this century at least."
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- Date Published: September 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107569850
- length: 345 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 138 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.48kg
- contains: 15 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
A note about dates
1. A sober, silent, thinking lad
2. The solitary scholar
3. Anni Mirabilis
4. Lucasian professor
5. Publication and crisis
7. Years of silence
10. The Mint
11. President of the Royal Society
12. The priority dispute
13. Years of decline
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