Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or a leader of the scientific revolution, he was a boy living in an apothecary's house, observing and experimenting, recording his observations of the world in a tiny notebook. As a young genius living in a time before science as we know it existed, Isaac studied the few books he could get his hands on, built handmade machines, and experimented with alchemy, a process of chemical reactions that seemed (at the time) to be magical. Mary Losure's riveting narrative nonfiction account of Isaac's early life traces his development as a thinker from his childhood, in friendly prose that will capture the attention of today's budding scientists-as if by magic.
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"Using primary sources and reasoned conjecture, Mary Losure chronicles the difficult formative years of Isaac Newton. Narrator Steven Crossley has a professorial-sounding English accent but bubbles with reverent enthusiasm for his subject, sometimes with humor. In the age before the development of physics, the prickly and solitary young Newton worked tirelessly to use mathematics to explain what was then viewed as magic. Much of Newton's story is gleaned from his own carefully kept notebooks. Listeners can almost see the twinkle in Crossley's eyes as he reads from preposterous medicinal concoctions of the time and from Newton's list of his own boyhood sins--such as making pies on Sunday. Newton's scientific contributions cannot be overstated. Although he never unlocked the mystery of alchemy, he discovered the laws of physics, light refraction, and planetary motion. L.T. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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