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In the Presence of the Creator: Isaac Newton and his Times

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A biography of Newton probes the scientist's reclusive personality, recreates the turbulent intellectual atmosphere of seventeenth-century Europe, and lucidly describes Newton's epoch-making discoveries in physics, optics, and astronomy.
Hardcover, 623 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Free Press
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Jim
Jul 18, 2010 Jim rated it liked it
This is a fascinating account of Sir Isaac Newton and the times in which he lived. This account is accessible to the non-mathmatical student of history amd is primarily concerned with the events that shaped the world's view of Newton's genius.

Throughout his life, Newton was embroiled in numerous controversies, many of his own making. Though each rift and rivalry is dealt with separately, it must be remembered that Newton dealt with each almost at the same time and dispatched each with the cunnin
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Whitney
Sep 05, 2009 Whitney rated it it was amazing
I actually read this 15 years ago as part of my masters' program. It is a biography of Sir Isaac Newton and the beginnings of the Age of Enlightenment. Truly fascinating read.
Bradley
Apr 28, 2011 Bradley rated it really liked it
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Picked this work up before the Easter weekend. Though Christianson's interest in finding the source of Newton's "genius" is a bit old-fashioned, the author's rich recreation of Newton's milieu is worth the price of admission. Some of the discussion of Descartes and others seems a bit simplistic, but gets the job done. We'll see how it turns out...
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Gale E. Christianson is retired from Indiana State University, where he served as Distinguished Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Huntington Library Fellow, and the recipient of numerous other grants and awards. Christianson lives in Terre Haute, where he continues to research and write.
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