Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

Synopsis

James Gleick has long been fascinated by the making of science -- how ideas order visible appearances, how equations can give meaning to molecular and stellar phenomena, how theories can transform what we see. In Chaos, he chronicled the emergence of a new way of looking at dynamic systems; in Genius, he portrayed the wondrous dimensions of Richard Feymnan's mind. Now, in Isaac Newton, he gives us the story of the scientist who, above all others, embodied humanity's quest to unveil the hidden forces that constitute the physical world.

In this original, sweeping, and intimate biography, Gleick moves between a comprehensive historical portrait and a dramatic focus on Newton's significant letters and unpublished notebooks to illuminate the real importance of his work in physics, in optics, and in calculus. He makes us see the old intuitive, alchemical universe out of which Newton's mathematics first arose and shows us how Newton's ideas have altered all forms of understanding from history to philosophy. And he gives us a moving account of the conflicting impulses that pulled at this man's heart: his quiet longings, his rage, his secrecy, the extraordinary subtleties of a personality that were mirrored in the invisible forces he first identified as the building blocks of science. More than biography, more than history, more than science, Isaac Newton tells us how, through the mind of one man, we have come to know our place in the cosmos.

Read by Allan Couruner.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 002

    Duration: 08min

  • Chapter 003

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 004

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 005

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 006

    Duration: 21min

  • Chapter 007

    Duration: 07min

  • Chapter 008

    Duration: 05min

  • Chapter 009

    Duration: 04min

  • Chapter 010

    Duration: 11min

  • Chapter 011

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 012

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 013

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 014

    Duration: 17min

  • Chapter 015

    Duration: 06min

  • Chapter 016

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 017

    Duration: 15min

  • Chapter 018

    Duration: 13min

  • Chapter 019

    Duration: 12min

  • Chapter 020

    Duration: 09min

  • Chapter 021

    Duration: 27min

  • Chapter 022

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 023

    Duration: 17min

  • Chapter 024

    Duration: 25min

  • Chapter 025

    Duration: 10min

  • Chapter 026

    Duration: 30min

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