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Westfall's book is a condensation of an earlier book Never at Rest which I have not had the pleasure of reading.

Westfall's book is a condensation of an earlier book Never at Rest which I have not had the pleasure of reading. Westfall presents the life of Newton warts and all. It describes his rise to prominence in the scientific world of his time and all the events leading to his most significant publication, the Principia. What was new to me was Newton's arguments with Hooke and his behavior toward Flamsteed which diminish the man's greatness, in my mind at least.

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In this richly detailed biography, Westfall captures both the personal life and the scientific career of Isaac Newton, presenting a fully rounded picture of Newton the ma. .

Westfall follows Newton from his boyhood in Lincolnshire to his career at Cambridge University, where he realized virtually all of his scientific achievements. In this richly detailed biography, Westfall 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.

Richard Westfall's biography captures in engaging detail both his private life and scientific career, presenting a complex picture of Newton the man, and as scientist, philosopher, theologian, alchemist and public figure.

Westfall follows Newton from his boyhood in Lincolnshire to his career at Cambridge University, where he.

Richard S. Westfall (April 22, 1924 – August 21, 1996) was an American academic, biographer and historian of science. He is best known for his biography of Isaac Newton and his work on the scientific revolution of the 17th century. Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Westfall graduated from high school in 1942 and enrolled at Yale University. His time at Yale was interrupted by two years of service in World War II, but he returned to complete his .

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Isaac Newton was indisputably one of the greatest scientists in history. Richard Westfall's biography captures in engaging detail both his private life and scientific career, presenting a complex picture of Newton the man, and as scientist, philosopher, theologian, alchemist, public figure, President of the Royal Society, and Warden of the Royal Mint.

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Описание: Isaac Newton was indisputably one of the greatest scientists in history.

One of the greatest scientists in history, Isaac Newton's achievements in mathematics and physics marked the culmination of the movement that brought modern science into being. Richard Westfall's biography captures in engaging detail both his private life and scientific career, presenting a complex picture of Newton the man, and as scientist, philosopher, theologian, alchemist and public figure. An abridged version of his Never at Rest, this concise biography makes Westfall's highly acclaimed portrait of Newton accessible to general readers.

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Naa
This is a well documented, well written biography of a powerful intellect who nevertheless had his idiosyncrasies and insecurities. Isaac Newton is an admirable figure to read about due to his high degree of honesty. He was searching for truth and found a good deal of it. Mr. Newton's search was related not only to the mysteries of natural phenomena but into the origins and authentic teachings of Christianity which led him to make discoveries that his church-dominated society would have found threatening to say the least. After all, if established religion is shown to have a grossly erroneous concept of the God of the Bible, whom they profess to worship, then they constitute a public spiritual hazard. Nevertheless this was the situation and Newton recognized it. He did not choose to publicize it though, apparently in order to retain his access to the levers of scientific progress.

The author does Newton a service by not introducing his own opinions in telling of this although there are other areas where the story must be inferred from meager documentation. When the author's opinion does enter, at least the reader is provided sufficient factual information to either agree or disagree.

For example, calling Isaac Newton an 'Arian' is a bit of a stretch. Newton's conclusion that God was not a Trinity did not depend on the teaching of Arius, but as the author explains, on his personal scrutiny of many Bible manuscripts, translations, copies, and primarily by accumulating a substantial list of relevant scriptures.

It is a fascinating story of a man grappling with monumental issues and can be richly enjoyed even by those tempted to skim over the more demanding parts where concepts of Newton's 'Opticks' and 'Principia' are explained.
Winenama
It would be hard to find fault with the genuis of Newton's creations in mathematics, physics and the reflecting telescope. In deed, the only thing that could eclipse this genuis would be his own dark character demons. 'The Life of Isaac Newton', by Richard Westfall should be praised for a balanced reporting of both sides of this icon. Having previously read 'The Curious Life of Robert Hooke' by Lisa Jardine, I required some mention of Newton's shabby treatment of this fellow genius. Westfall adequately covered this mistreatment, along with Newton's unforgivable treatment of the Royal Astronomer, John Flamsteed, who provided 30 years of dedicated celestial measurements and Roger Cotes who proofread and corrected much of Newton's later work.

So divisive was Newtons leadership at the Royal Society, that there was a consistant 25% of Anit-Newton vote on every issue, even if there was unanimity prior to and after all votes. This un-need Anti-Newton-Newton rift tainted the Society for years after Newton's death. Only under recent research have these facets of human fraility become known. It is sad that Newton's behavior tarnished his well earned credits. This and 'Robert Hook' by Jardine are must reads to understand the origins of the Royal Society and the development of the English Scientific Method.
Monam
I have learned a lot of interesting history of Newton. It shows how hard it must have been to be sooo smart as he was.
Delan
Note - this concerns the abridged edition. I can't comment on the unabridged text.

I found this book to be a dull slog. The setting and historical context is mostly assumed; very little is provided. Probably a consequence of abridgement, but there is so much left out that I did not get a clear sense of the man, his times, or the setting. The text is very dry, and so full of editorial commentary that it reads more like an appendix to a biography. It is overly concerned with how we know what we know, esoteric details about source documents, and what we can know from what Newton and others wrote. It is barely adequate in portraying Newton as a person, though it is difficult, no doubt. Definitely a rounded portrayal, at least. There is too little information about Newton's inventions and discoveries, in my opinion, and what is there is so sketchy as to be more confusing than enlightening (and I have a degree in physics.)
Hurus
Newton has been a fascinating figure for me, ever since I read a condensed history about him in one of those INTRODUCTION TO series, I think that one was on Quantum Physics. What fascinated me about Newton was his singleness of mind, a genius who devoted himself almost entirely to the pursuit of knowledge.

Westfall's book is a condensation of an earlier book _Never at Rest_ which I have not had the pleasure of reading. Westfall presents the life of Newton warts and all. It describes his rise to prominence in the scientific world of his time and all the events leading to his most significant publication, the Principia.

What was new to me was Newton's arguments with Hooke and his behavior toward Flamsteed which diminish the man's greatness, in my mind at least. What may be interesting to readers of Newton, the man, rather than the Scientist, are his `latter years' in public service at the Mint.

Overall, I think Westfall kept the proper balance between presenting the works and person of the life of Newton. A worthwhile read.
The Life of Isaac Newton (Canto original series) download epub
Professionals & Academics
Author: Richard S. Westfall
ISBN: 0521477379
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Professionals & Academics
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (July 29, 1994)
Pages: 328 pages