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Author: Mary Losure Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781520065274
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A surprising true story of Isaac Newton’s boyhood suggests an intellectual development owing as much to magic as science.

Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or a leader of the scientific revolution, he was a boy living in an apothecary’s house, observing and experimenting, recording his observations of the world in a tiny notebook. As a young genius living in a time before the existence of science as we know it, Isaac studied the few books he could get his hands on, built handmade machines, and experimented with alchemy—a process of chemical reactions that seemed, at the time, to be magical.

Mary Losure’s riveting narrative nonfiction account of Isaac’s early life traces his development as a thinker from his childhood in friendly prose that will capture the attention of today’s budding scientists—as if by magic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Steven Crossley has a professorial-sounding English accent but bubbles with reverent enthusiasm for his subject, sometimes with humor….Listeners can almost see the twinkle in Crossley’s eyes as he reads from preposterous medicinal concoctions of the time and from Newton’s list of his own boyhood sins—such as making pies on Sunday…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Mary Losure dilates on [the] private quirks of the future mathematician and physicist in Isaac the Alchemist, a highly enjoyable work of narrative nonfiction.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Brings a world-renowned scientist to life…a volume that both informs and excites. Highly recommended.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Perhaps even more impressive than her re-creation of Newton’s world, however, is her re-creation of the man himself—or rather, the boy who became the man—without embellishing the historical record with speculation and conjecture.”

    Horn Book (starred review)

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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About the Author

Mary Losure is the author of several books, including The Fairy Ring, named one of Booklist‘s Top of the List selections in 2012. She is a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio and a contributor to National Public Radio.

About the Narrator

Steven Crossley, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, has built a career on both sides of the Atlantic as an actor and audiobook narrator, for which he has won more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. He is a member of the internationally renowned theater company Complicite and has appeared in numerous theater, television, film, and radio dramas.