Isaac Newton was born in a stone farmhouse in 1642, fatherless and unwanted by his mother. When he died in London in 1727 he was so rewned he was given a state funeral an unheard-of hor for a subject whose achievements were in the realm of the intellect. During the years he was an irascible presence at Trinity College, Cambridge, Newton imagined properties of nature and gave them names mass, gravity, velocity things our science w takes for granted. Inspired by Aristotle, spurred on by Galileo s discoveries and the philosophy of Descartes, Newton grasped the intangible and dared to take its measure, a leap of the mind unparalleled in his generation. James Gleick, the author of Chaos and Genius, and one of the most acclaimed science writers of his generation, brings the reader into Newton s reclusive life and provides startlingly clear explanations of the concepts that changed forever our perception of bodies, rest, and motion ideas so basic to the twenty-first century, it can truly be said: We are all Newtonians.
JAMES GLEICKis our leading chronicler of science and technology, the best-selling author ofChaos: Making a New Science, Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman, andThe Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. His books have been translated into thirty languages. www.around.com