The Dark Side of Isaac Newton (Hardback)
Science's Greatest Fraud?
Isaac Newton was accorded a semi-divine status in the 18th and 19th centuries, whereby his image linked together religion and science. The real human being behind the demi-god image has tended to be lost. He was a person who took credit from others, and crushed the reputations of those to whom he owed most. This most brilliant of mathematicians could alas be devious, deceptive and duplicitous. This work doesn't go looking at unpublished alchemical musings as is nowadays fashionable, rather it sticks to the historical record. At the time when the new science was born, we scrutinise the way he failed to discover the law of gravity or invent calculus. What exactly did Leibniz mean by describing him as 'a mind neither fair nor honest'? Why did Robert Hooke describe him as 'the veriest knave in all the house' and why was the astronomer Flamsteed calling him SIN (Sir Isaac Newton)?
We are here concerned to give him credit for what he did discover, which may not be quite what you had been told. This book redefines the genius of Isaac Newton, but without the heavily mythologised baggage of a bygone era. He believed in one God, one law and one bank.
A very thrilling fast paced read. I totally enjoyed it. Looking forward to upcoming books by the author.NetGalley, reviewed by Maha Diwan
A well researched though I feel somewhat mean spirited biography of Isaac Newton there is obviously a lot about the man we are not taught in school and this is a must read for any history fan.NetGalley, reviewed by Shelly Myers
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Cristie Underwood
This biography was well researched and contained a lot of information that I hadn’t previously read in other books. The author’s attention to detail is evident in the writing. Highly recommend!
The history of science is so much richer with the added dimensions of personality and moral corruption, this book adds quite a bit to this.NetGalley, reviewed by Cindy Lauren
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by Mon Phill
This work doesn’t go looking at unpublished alchemical musings as is nowadays fashionable, rather it sticks to the historical record. At the time when the new science was born, we scrutinize the ways in which he failed to discover the law of gravity or invent calculus. What exactly Leibniz mean by describing him as a mind neither fair nor honest. This book redefines the genius of Isaac Newton, but without the heavily mythologized baggage of a bygone era.
Rating: 5 out of 5 starsNetGalley, reviewed by G Heard
Although this was often a challenging read and I found myself continually rereading several of the scientific theories and calculus's this is nevertheless very well written and still quite accessible for the general reader. If you like a thought provoking book that will often challenge you then I can recommend this.
All in all, this comes across as a relatively reliable study of the life of Newton and is well written, intriguing and solidly structured.NetGalley, reviewed by Lou @readers_retreat
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was interesting to see a different side to Newton. I would definitely look into reading more books by this author.NetGalley, reviewed by A D
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