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Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd

By Mary Losure

A surprising true story of Isaac Newton’s boyhood suggests an intellectual development owing as much to magic as science.

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. Back matter includes an afterword, an author’s note, source notes, a bibliography, and an index.

  • A vivid, simple, and impeccably researched account of Newton's ideas and influence. Newton in a beautifully crafted nutshell.
  • A lively biography that reads like a novel about the scientist-mathematician, by the journalist-author of The Fairy Ring.
  • A fascinating exploration of the development of rational scientific ideas alongside older notions of magic and alchemy.

About the author

Mary Losure, author of The Fairy Ring and Wild Boy, has worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio and a contributor to National Public Radio. She lives in Minnesota.

ISBN: 9780763670634
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Dimensions: 180 x 228mm, 176pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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