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Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer by Michael…

Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer (1997)

by Michael White

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It is no exaggeration to say that almost everything we do in the modern world - from looking at the stars through reflecting telescopes to solving problems by means of calculus - is based on Sir Isaac Newton's enormous scientific achievements. But, as Michael White so deftly reveals in this ground-breaking biography, Newton was not the pure scientist of lore. Unknown to all but a hero-worshipping inner circle, Newton was a practicing alchemist who dabbled with the occult.He did not discover gravity by watching an apple fall - that was a myth created to disguise the messier, perhaps more embarrassing, truth. In reality, Newton's great theories were grasped within the charred base of the crucible and the alchemist's fire.White confirms that a handful of Newton's friends must have known during his life time: that Newton, driven to investigate everything that puzzled him, expended a vast amount of time and effort studying the chronology of the Bible, examining prophecy, investigating natural magic - perhaps even the black arts - and attempting to unravel the hermetic secrets, the prisca sapientia.Most remarkable, however, is White's assertion that, far from being a distraction, these alchemical diversions were in fact the key to Newton's world-changing discoveries in science: his alchemical work and his science were inextricably linked.… (more)

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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.

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  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 |
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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