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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Gleick Narrator: Allan Corduner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science—how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of looking at dynamic systems; in Genius, he portrayed the wondrous dimensions of Richard Feymnan’s mind. Now, in Isaac Newton, he gives us the story of the scientist who, above all others, embodied humanity’s quest to unveil the hidden forces that constitute the physical world.

In this original, sweeping, and intimate biography, Gleick moves between a comprehensive historical portrait and a dramatic focus on Newton’s significant letters and unpublished notebooks to illuminate the real importance of his work in physics, in optics, and in calculus. He makes us see the old intuitive, alchemical universe out of which Newton’s mathematics first arose and shows us how Newton’s ideas have altered all forms of understanding from history to philosophy. And he gives us a moving account of the conflicting impulses that pulled at this man’s heart: his quiet longings, his rage, his secrecy, the extraordinary subtleties of a personality that were mirrored in the invisible forces he first identified as the building blocks of science. More than biography, more than history, more than science, Isaac Newton tells us how, through the mind of one man, we have come to know our place in the cosmos.

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  • “Elegant, jewel-like…he does not waste a word…Gleick has given us the man and his mind in their full crazyness.”  

    New York Times

  • “The biography of choiceNewton the man emerges from the shadows.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A masterpiece of brevity and concentration. Isaac Newton sees its angular subject in the round, presenting him as scientist and magician, believer and heretic, monster and man…It will surely stand as the definitive study for a very long time to come. Fortunate Newton!” 

    Guardian (London)

  • “Written with enormous enthusiasm and verve and in a style that is often closer to poetry than prose. [Gleick] explains the fundamentals with clarity and grace. His ease with the science is the key to the book’s delight.” 

    Economist (London)

  • “Huge in scope and profound in depth…The extent of Newton’s genius is revealed in breathtaking detail…A remarkable and challenging work and does full justice to its subject.” 

    Yorkshire Evening Post

  • A 2004 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Biography/Autobiography

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gideon Burton | 2/20/2014

    " Gleick is an excellent biographer, as he is able to deliver the essence of a figure as huge as Newton within a very brief book, laying out the core issues that this important Enlightenment scientist worked through without getting into tedious detail. I've begun rereading it just because I liked it so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by dallas | 2/18/2014

    " Short but sweet biography of Newton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 2/6/2014

    " Probably the best-written biography I have ever read. Very impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Frank Spencer | 1/29/2014

    " I would agree with the reviewers noted on the cover that it is the biography of choice. "

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