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Isaac Newton : organizing the universe
Boerst, William J.
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[First edition].
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds Pub., [2004]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Presents the life and work of the famous seventeenth-century British physicist.
Left behind -- Trinity -- Annus Mirabiles -- Master and fellow -- Rays of light -- Secret studies -- Principia mathematica -- Glorius Revolution -- Master of the mint -- Politician and president -- Defending the calculus.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 9.4 5.0 129639.
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Isaac Newton's monumental work is unparalleled in the history of scientific thought. In seventeenth century England, he developed three laws of motion that, combined with his principle of universal gravitation, explained the elemental forces of the universe. His experiments in optics revolutionized our understanding of the nature of light. To better explain his discoveries, he created a new method of mathematics, which today we call calculus. His genius has shaped our perception of the universe we inhabit. Perhaps the most profound scientific thinker ever to live, Isaac Newton was also a complex, quarrelsome, and private man, who was as devoted to theology and the ancient art of alchemy as he was to science. Isaac Newton: Organizing the Universe brings this intriguing man and his provocative ideas to life for a new generation of readers. Book jacket.

Author Notes

William J. Boerst is the author of several books for young readers

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-10. Boerst, whose Renaissance Scientists series titles include books on Brahe, Copernicus, andepler, now adds a fine biography of Newton. Though Newton acknowledged his debt to his predecessors, his own intellectual achievements opened whole new vistas in the study of mathematics and science and marked a turning away from natural philosophy toward a more modern approach. In addition to an informative presentation of Newton's adult life, his university and government careers, and his intellectual accomplishments, Boerst offers a vivid portrayal of Newton's difficult childhood and adolescence. Sidebars carry information on topics such as Unitarianism, Newton's laws of motion, and centripetal force. Excellent color reproductions of period paintings, and drawings and documents appear throughout the book, and a time line, source notes for quotations, and a bibliography are appended. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Behind the genius that produced Newton's three laws of motion was an introverted, touchy man who resisted the publication of most of his works. This biography reveals how the scientist's curiosity and incredible mathematical aptitude drove him to his amazing discoveries. Boerst describes Newton's life from his premature birth through an isolated adulthood dominated by study and experimentation to his death at the age of 84. The author deftly explores his subject's accomplishments in relation to the scientific community and notable historical events of the time and includes information concerning his religious views. Boerst's admiration for Newton is made evident by his sympathy for the physicist when he faced criticism from rivals. Although some of the mathematical discussions may be too complicated for some students to follow, the flowing narrative will likely carry most readers past the technical sections. The full-color reproductions consist of stuffy portraits of significant people and timeworn scientific sketches that evoke the 17th century and may remind readers of the illustrations found in textbooks. Still, this well-written book makes an excellent choice for teens exploring scientists or just looking for a good biography.-Jenna Miller, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Left Behindp. 11
Chapter 2 Trinityp. 24
Chapter 3 Annus Mirabilisp. 37
Chapter 4 Master and Fellowp. 48
Chapter 5 Rays of Lightp. 55
Chapter 6 Secret Studiesp. 65
Chapter 7 Principia Mathematicap. 77
Chapter 8 Glorious Revolutionp. 91
Chapter 9 Master of the Mintp. 101
Chapter 10 Politician and Presidentp. 113
Chapter 11 Defending Calculusp. 124
Timelinep. 135
Sourcesp. 137
Bibliographyp. 140
Websitesp. 141
Indexp. 142