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Isaac Newton : The Last Sorcerer download ebook
ISBN:
185702706X
ISBN13:
978-1857027068
Author:
Michael White
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Harpercollins Pub Ltd; New ed edition (August 31, 1998)
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416 pages
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Isaac had been raised solely by his mother, and there is little doubt that until her departure they were almost inseparable . Perhaps even more fascinating is the window into Newton’s psychology offered by the schoolboy exercise book, the Morgan Notebook

Isaac had been raised solely by his mother, and there is little doubt that until her departure they were almost inseparable; his dependency upon her would have been far greater than if both his parents had survived. Perhaps even more fascinating is the window into Newton’s psychology offered by the schoolboy exercise book, the Morgan Notebook. This contains collections of scribblings, ideas jotted down from books Isaac read, lists and other notes probably dating from about the age of ten to his early teenage years. Most pertinent to his mental state is an alphabetical list of word associations based upon a contemporary book, Father Francis Gregory’s Nomenclatura.

Michael White was a science lecturer before becoming a full-time writer and journalist. He is the author with John Gribbin of the bestselling Stephen Hawking – A Lifetime in Science. He is a regular contributor to the Sunday Times, the Observer,the Daily Telegraph, GQ, Focus and New Scientist. But from the book we learn that whatever Newton did, he invested all of his efforts into that undertaking, be it carrying out investigations into alchemy, optics and gravitation, running the Royal Mint, or being President of the Royal Society. Over his lifetime he acquired many enemies and seems to have made few friends.

In this ‘ground breaking biography’ Michael White destroys the myths of the life of Isaac Newton and reveals a portrait of the scientist as the last sorcerer. As creator of the theory of gravity, calculus, modern theories of light and devisor of the three laws of mechanics, his methods are perceived as the genesis of modern science. Yet the traditional version of his life fails to tell, by some considerable margin, the full story. How for example could Newton’s apparent empiricism be married with his interest in alchemy.

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Sympathetic yet balanced, Michael White's Isaac Newton offers a revelatory picture of Newton as a genius who . When his book Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer came to my attention I was dubious, but I needn't have been

Sympathetic yet balanced, Michael White's Isaac Newton offers a revelatory picture of Newton as a genius who stood at the point in history where magic ended and science began. When his book Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer came to my attention I was dubious, but I needn't have been.

Michael White (1959 – 6 February 2018) was a British writer who was based in Perth, Australia. White wrote a biography of Isaac Newton, The Last Sorcerer. He was both short-listed and long-listed for the Aventis prize

Michael White (1959 – 6 February 2018) was a British writer who was based in Perth, Australia. He studied at King's College London (1977–1982) and was a chemistry lecturer at d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford (1984–1991). He was both short-listed and long-listed for the Aventis prize. Rivals was short-listed in 2002, and The Fruits of War long-listed in 2006

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Michael White is an internationally bestselling author of thirty-nine books, including ten novels. man Prize in the US in 1997 and his Rivals was short-listed for the Aventis Prize in 2002. He also writes under the pseudonym Sam Fisher. Michael's novels include the international bestsellers Equinox, The Medici Secret, The Borgia Ring and The Art of Murder

A new biography of Isaac Newton that reveals the extraordinary influence that the study of alchemy had on the greatest Early Modern scientific discoveries. In this 'ground breaking biography' Michael White destroys the myths of the life of Isaac Newton and reveals a portrait of the scientist as the last sorcerer. According to traditional accounts, Newton was the first modern scientist . As creator of the theory of gravity, calculus, modern theories of light and devisor of the three laws of mechanics, his methods are perceived as the genesis of modern science. Yet the traditional version of his life fails to tell, by some considerable margin, the full story. How for example could Newton's apparent empiricism be married with his interest in alchemy and magic? What had inspired him in his discoveries? How did he reconcile his scientific discoveries with his religious faith? And, most of all, who was this man who, historians tell us, remained a virgin all his life and who seemed to be an argumentative ego maniac on the one hand and a kindly old man on the other? In this revelatory biography, White paints an original picture of Isaac Newton completely at variance with the traditional portrait.
Reviews:
  • Mall
I completely hated this book.

I gave it more than a chance, reading it patiently all the way nearly to the end.

But it simply wasn't what I wanted. I wanted a straightforward biography of Newton: this book instead focuses not on the development of optics and the calculus, but rather on Newton's dabblings into mystical arcana, such as secret Biblical messages and alchemy.

A good biography of Newton wouldn't shy away from mentioning this, but since those things are hardly why Newton is famous it seems inappropriate that they should form the chief emphasis of a biography of him, as they do here.

If you're looking for a biography of Newton that more or less tells it like it is, don't buy this. Go elsewhere.
  • Braned
Really impressive...
  • Kirinaya
This book was full of good information. I recommend reading this book.
It will help you get a better grasp on a challenging topic.
  • SlingFire
Just finished the book. Not great, but very good. A tough subject on which to write, he did a better job than the writer of the other biography on Newton I read some time ago. White covers the territory pretty thoroughly, even though he apparently knows little about alchemy. It appears that the title was more of a come-on than a real topic of interest - sorcery aka black magic only gets discussed for a few paragraphs in the last couple of pages. And alchemy, while a massive part of Newton's interests gets only modest play. Since Newton played his cards very closely and powerfully to his chest, the writing of a truly penetrating biography may have been an impossible task. For writing 300 years after Newton's death, White did a creditable and just job.