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Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer by Michael…

Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer (1997)

by Michael White

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This was a interesting read for the most part, however it could be dry at times which is why it took me so long to read it, but overall a good read into the life and times of Sir Isaac Newton. ( )
  Jane-Phillips | Jan 3, 2019 |
Overall, the book was good. The history was sound and the sources fairly legitimate. There are a few times when the author understands that some of the recesses of history are dark, but chooses to insert wishful thinking into them anyway. These are only minor distractions. The premise that Newton’s alchemy and his natural philosophy were necessary and symbiotic studies is an interesting one, and one that I think needs further exploration by a more balanced hand.

http://lifelongdewey.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/509-isaac-newton-by-michael-white/ ( )
  NielsenGW | Nov 5, 2012 |
A well written biography on the life and times of Isaac Newton. The author does particularly well in interspersing writings from Newton and others of that period.

The descriptions of his achievements are at a very readable level that the masses will easily follow. This may leave those with more of a scientific or mathematical bent wishing for more. ( )
  skraft001 | Jul 27, 2009 |
I was expecting this to have more detail about the alchemical work, and certainly an open mind about it - I found White's contempt for Newton's beliefs difficult to take. And I agree with the previous reviewer that there is no decent biography of Newton which covers all aspects of the man. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Jan 13, 2008 |
One of the greatest thinkers of all time. Where is the well written biography? (This isn't it.) ( )
  ElTomaso | Jun 21, 2006 |
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Science writer Michael White's subtitle, The Last Sorcerer, echoes John Maynard Keynes's assertion in 1942 that Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was not the Olympian rationalist portrayed by his worshipful early biographers. Newton was a great scientist, the author acknowledges; he was also an "obsessive, driven mystic," deeply involved in the pseudoscience of alchemy, subscriber to a heretical sect of Christianity, and damaged survivor of childhood traumas that rendered him a difficult, egotistical, quarrelsome adult. White makes recent research accessible to the general reader in lucid prose that knocks the academic dust off a towering historical figure.

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Biography of late seventeenth and early eighteenth century scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, discussing his childhood and scientific pursuits and providing new information on how he did his research.

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