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Newton's Gift: How Sir Isaac Newton Unlocked the System of the World

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Sir Isaac Newton, creator of the first and perhaps most important scientific theory, is a giant of the scientific era. Despite this, he has remained inaccessible to most modern readers, indisputably great but undeniably remote.
In this witty, engaging, and often moving examination of Newton's life, David Berlinski recovers the man behind the mathematical breakthroughs. Th
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2002 by Free Press (first published 2000)
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After reading A Tour of the Calculus, I decided to read Berlinski's work on Isaac Newton. Berlinski continues to write with his poetic style, and has really reduced the amount of pretension in his writing. However, the book felt unoriginal to a good degree, because his writing on calculus feels like a recycled version of his last book. Still, I appreciate a book that really tries to detail Newton's theories as opposed to just glaze over it.
Berlinski concludes "Newton's Gift" with a philosophica
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Steve Horton
Not bad, but a lot more equations than prose about Newton. It seemed to be a Shorter Tour of the Calculus, which I did enjoy.
Ryan
If you've ever been lucky enough to be within earshot while I gush about science writing that I like, you'll notice a few themes. Mainly that "I recommend this for the lay person who is interested" and "the author makes it so exciting and accessible!" Yup, that's how I feel about this one, too. But he really DOES cover the science without making it feel out of reach. it's NOT a biography, which is also a plus. (I can barely get through Clash biographies, and they're my favoritest band ever.)
Wade
Berlinski dares to include diagrams and equations (only a few and mostly segregated in an appendix) in a cogent and accessible introduction to Newton's "the system of the world." His book is a witty and humane survey of the life of a great man and of some of that man's great ideas. Highly recommended for those who wish to begin to understand the way that the world actually works...in distinction to the way that wishful thinkers want it to work.
Doug
Berlinski's attempts to not get too heavily into either the biographical details of Newton's life or the scientific and mathematical details of his work result in a slight volume that left me unsatisfied in both aspects. It may have worked better if it was edited down to the size of a New Yorker profile and published in a magazine. Berlinski's A Tour of the Calculus is far more successful.
Tim
This is a very brief look at the life of Isaac Newton. I'm reading it as a sort of follow on to The System of the World by Neal Stephenson as a gauge to how much was fact and how much was fiction in that tome.
This book is readable, quick, informative, and mostly well written, although I would not rank it with the serious biographies of Newton.
Ben
Whenever I read Berlinski, I can't help but wear a fascinated and somewhat triumphant grin. If the vastness and power of Newton's genius is ulitmately inaccessible to modern readers, it is Berlinski on whom we may rely for a peek at the man wrapped in that genius. Also, I feel like I should be wearing a bowtie.
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A facinating and often fun glimpse into the life of Issac newton. Some of his concepts and more understandable gifts to physics are explained. Overall quite interesting
Cindy
Interesting, but kind of corny.
Paul
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David Berlinski is a senior fellow in the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.

Recent articles by Berlinski have been prominently featured in Commentary, Forbes ASAP, and the Boston Review. Two of his articles, “On the Origins of the Mind” (November 2004) and “What Brings a World into Being” (March 2001), have been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing 2005, edited by A
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