Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1983 - Biography & Autobiography - 908 pages
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This richly detailed 1981 biography captures both the personal life and the scientific career of Isaac Newton, presenting a fully rounded picture of Newton the man, the scientist, the philosopher, the theologian, and the public figure. Professor Westfall treats all aspects of Newton's career, but his account centres on a full description of Newton's achievements in science. Thus the core of the work describes the development of the calculus, the experimentation that altered the direction of the science of optics, and especially the investigations in celestial dynamics that led to the law of universal gravitation.

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The very first biography I ever read. It was in High School, and though I was forced to read a biography, I was able to make my own choice. I was interested in science and math and this book jumped ... Read full review

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A. Synopsis: Holding Newton to a caliber reached by few other men Westfall indicates that his subject was “one of the tiny handful of supreme geniuses...not reducible to the criteria by which we ... Read full review

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Richard S. Westfall was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, where he taught from 1963 to 1989. His books include Science and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England; The Construction of Modern Science; Force in Newtonis Physics; Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton; Essays on the Trial of Galileo; and The Life of Isaac Newton. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Society of Literature.

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