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Isaac Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time. He wrote the Principia Mathematica which transformed our understanding of the physical world, invented calculus, and was knighted by the Queen of England. Enjoy the surprising and entertaining true story of Isaac Newton and rediscover one of history's most prolific figures.


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Isaac Newton is one of the most influential scientists of all time. He wrote the Principia Mathematica which transformed our understanding of the physical world, invented calculus, and was knighted by the Queen of England. Enjoy the surprising and entertaining true story of Isaac Newton and rediscover one of history's most prolific figures.

30 review for Newton: A Life of Discovery (The True Story of Sir Isaac Newton) (A Concise Historical Biography)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Sciuto

    Alexander Kennedy's "Newton: Secrets of the Universe" is a GEM of a book, especially if one is hesitant to pick of anything dealing with science, physics, and mathematics. Mr. Kennedy's analysis and descriptions of Sir Isaac Newton's theories are so easy to understand that even a fifth grader would easily comprehend and understand the genius behind one of the world's greatest scientist. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Genius of this magnitude should be known and appreciated by all pe Alexander Kennedy's "Newton: Secrets of the Universe" is a GEM of a book, especially if one is hesitant to pick of anything dealing with science, physics, and mathematics. Mr. Kennedy's analysis and descriptions of Sir Isaac Newton's theories are so easy to understand that even a fifth grader would easily comprehend and understand the genius behind one of the world's greatest scientist. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Genius of this magnitude should be known and appreciated by all people and never has science and math been so easy to understand.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Rigolin F Lopes

    The light philosopher had humble beginnings, unstable family, odd personality and unmatched ingenuity. Here you find a brief compilation of his prodigious life; this is a very entertaining little book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phylicia

    Great Content, Excellent Book This book is well written and organized. It kept me and my children entertained without boring us. I feel that Alexander Kennedy really hit it out of the ballpark on this one. The book has 11 chapters with all information located in each being both relevant and captivating. So often biographical books written on people from long ago can be droll and boring but this one really kept me enthralled from start to finish. The chapters are as follows: 1) Birth of a Genius, 2 Great Content, Excellent Book This book is well written and organized. It kept me and my children entertained without boring us. I feel that Alexander Kennedy really hit it out of the ballpark on this one. The book has 11 chapters with all information located in each being both relevant and captivating. So often biographical books written on people from long ago can be droll and boring but this one really kept me enthralled from start to finish. The chapters are as follows: 1) Birth of a Genius, 2) Entry into world of Science, 3) A Glimpse into a Beautiful Mind, 4) Conflicting Thoughts on Light, 5) Newton's Reflector, 6) The Three Laws of Motion, 7) Newton's Gravity, 8) Newton and Alchemy, 9) Final Years, 10) A Legacy of Genius and 11) Biographical Memoirs. This book starts from Newton's birth up until his death. It then goes into (in the last chapter "11) Biographical Memoirs") how other people remembered and viewed him. I give this book 5 stars for it is a well rounded book. You can use it for all sorts of reasons from pleasure reading, teaching, research and more. I must include that I did receive this book at a free or reduced cost in exchange for an honest review. At the time of this review I was able to get this book through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    It is universally considered that Sir Isaac Newton had one of the most prolific minds of his time. He was then, as he remains today, considered the chief architect of the modern world. Isaac Newton was born on Christmas day, 1642. This auspicious entrance to the world might have suggested that the Christmas child was bound for happiness, but this was not to be the case. Newton’s childhood was both sad and lonely; losing his father shortly after his birth and being abandoned by his mother at the It is universally considered that Sir Isaac Newton had one of the most prolific minds of his time. He was then, as he remains today, considered the chief architect of the modern world. Isaac Newton was born on Christmas day, 1642. This auspicious entrance to the world might have suggested that the Christmas child was bound for happiness, but this was not to be the case. Newton’s childhood was both sad and lonely; losing his father shortly after his birth and being abandoned by his mother at the age of three. He did display a keen intelligence at an early age, but receiving an adequate education was a constant struggle. He was an inexhaustible reader and possessed a sharp and questioning mind. Everything he read, or thought, or witnessed was questioned. This psyche went hand in hand with an extremely introverted personality, making Newton’s social interaction and life all but nonexistent. Long, unexplained hiatuses from public life inundate his life. It can’t be denied that great minds that followed Newton, and the modern world we live in today, have much to be thankful for. He planted seeds of knowledge that were destined to germinate, grow, and blossom for centuries after his death. In this book, much more attention is placed on Newton’s theories, discoveries, and inventions, than on Newton the man. I can understand and accept that little personal records (with the exception of his work) have survived or, indeed, were ever written. I have read other books that have gleaned information about him by his contemporaries. This publication could prove helpful when accompanied with another, more comprehensive, tome.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anthony R. Vecchiarelli

    This book features simplistic writing at about a junior high school level. It's superficial and without a solid grasp of 17th century history. It's not entirely accurate because Mr. Kennedy is trying to be concise. It would be more accurately subtitled 'a truncated (or bowdlerized) historical biography.' Each chapter seems to be written as a separate essay, so it's repetitious at times. It's not all that biographical and presents a sanitized or perhaps cartoon version of Newton. He was a complex This book features simplistic writing at about a junior high school level. It's superficial and without a solid grasp of 17th century history. It's not entirely accurate because Mr. Kennedy is trying to be concise. It would be more accurately subtitled 'a truncated (or bowdlerized) historical biography.' Each chapter seems to be written as a separate essay, so it's repetitious at times. It's not all that biographical and presents a sanitized or perhaps cartoon version of Newton. He was a complex character with a decidedly dark side, but none of that is revealed in this volume. It's inexpensive, but still a waste of money.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul Trementozzi

    Our secular minds need this reminder. Issac Newton had what we again need revived! This short reflection of one of the most brilliant minds in history will help to restore intellectual veracity found in faith and science on parallel paths. “He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe God, but he who really thinks has to believe in God.” Issac Newton.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hunter Q Lee

    Thankful for the life of this man. We should all be thankful for the life of Isaac Newton. His contributions to science as still affecting our lives today.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wilson

    Though I love math, physics, chemistry, astronomy, most sciences really, I've never read a book about Newton. I've studied some of his theories and discoveries of course in textbooks, lectures, and courses. I was hoping for more personal biographical information about Newton, but not a lot of information exists, which I didn't know before reading this book. The author does a good job of sharing what information is available. The book is clearly written. The scientific information is presented in Though I love math, physics, chemistry, astronomy, most sciences really, I've never read a book about Newton. I've studied some of his theories and discoveries of course in textbooks, lectures, and courses. I was hoping for more personal biographical information about Newton, but not a lot of information exists, which I didn't know before reading this book. The author does a good job of sharing what information is available. The book is clearly written. The scientific information is presented in as simple a fashion as possible. In a later section, some relatable examples of what these theories and discoveries mean is discussed. I was a little frustrated by the layout of the book. It starts with a timeline with info aboutpersonal life and scientific life is shared. After this some things are delved into more and after that there is some more explaining. This caused some things to be repeated several times, which I don't think is necessary in a book this size. I would've preferred most things to fall into the chronological history. After that, perhaps a section diving into more detail of key theories or discoveries. Overall, this would be a good introductory book for your teenaged science lover. I know as a teen, I would've really enjoyed it. A friend who's just out of high school read it and appreciated it as well. She wanted a longer book with more detail, which is great. If a book like this gives you some info or insight or understanding if theories you didn't previously know, that's a win. This was the cases for both of us. If it acts as an appetizer to encourage you to learn more or rekindles a desire to explore scientific concepts, it's definitely done its job. That was also the case for both of us. I received this at a free or discounted rate in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I had been wanting to read a book on Newton for a long time. This book was offered free, and it wasn't one of those Kindle books that were 'short histories'. So I read it. It actually was pretty good. I think I'm going to want to get a more in depth book later on, but the book gave a lot of information, and like other reviewers said, it was very 'easy' to read. In fact, this would be a good book for recommendations for any high school or college science students. I like to give lists of decent b I had been wanting to read a book on Newton for a long time. This book was offered free, and it wasn't one of those Kindle books that were 'short histories'. So I read it. It actually was pretty good. I think I'm going to want to get a more in depth book later on, but the book gave a lot of information, and like other reviewers said, it was very 'easy' to read. In fact, this would be a good book for recommendations for any high school or college science students. I like to give lists of decent books for my students to read, and will definitely include this book about Newton in there. It's good to have students realize that many of the myths about our scientists are not true, such as Newton getting hit on the head by an apple, and figuring out gravity. I was glad to see this myth debunked, but there was a lot of information in this book about Newton's privacy, and his waiting to publish his findings that I found interesting. My big complaint about the book was the author kind of glossed over the last part of Newton's life in a single chapter, and I would have liked more information about his last years. For this, I will need to read another book...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Malik Yusuf

    “To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. `Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things.” - Isaac Newton “To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. `Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things.” - Isaac Newton

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael A. Simmons, Sr.

    A short history I have always been fascinated by Sir Isaac, but knew little of his personal life. Kennedy's book has whet my appetite for more. Great job!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Very enjoyable This book did not go into deep detail about Newton's life, but it gave a great overview and I learned many interesting things about the man.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Smiley

    Easy going This is a quick and easy way to read and get to know who Isaac Newton is. The book is straight forward and to the point.

  14. 4 out of 5

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  15. 5 out of 5

    graham jukes

  16. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Wolf

  17. 5 out of 5

    Roger E Birk

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charles H Smith

  19. 4 out of 5

    caroline bowen

  20. 5 out of 5

    David

  21. 5 out of 5

    John Morgenstern

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Mullins

  23. 4 out of 5

    alexandre nadeau

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary Schu

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jerry W. Quick

  27. 5 out of 5

    VICKI VIOLET

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hoang Nguyen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ed

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