Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer

Isaac Newton The Last Sorcerer Unknown to all but a few Newton was a practicing alchemist who dabbled with the occult a tortured obsessive character who searched for an understanding of the universe by whatever means possible Sy

  • Title: Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer
  • Author: MichaelWhite
  • ISBN: 9780738201436
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unknown to all but a few, Newton was a practicing alchemist who dabbled with the occult, a tortured, obsessive character who searched for an understanding of the universe by whatever means possible Sympathetic yet balanced, Michael White s Isaac Newton offers a revelatory picture of Newton as a genius who stood at the point in history where magic ended and science began.

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      Michael White is a British writer based in Sydney, Australia He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, in a previous incarnation , he was a member of the band the Thompson Twins 1982.

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    • Most of us know Isac Newton as one of the most influential scientists of all time. He discovered gravity, calculus, theories on mechanics and optics, the mathematics of orbiting planets. What is less well known is Sir Isaac's fascination with alchemy. That this man of science became somewhat obsessed with "The Great Work" might seem to be a paradox, but White's examination of Newton's writings and alchemical experiments reveal how his dabbling furthered techniques in chemistry and influenced his [...]

    • Did you know that Newton is responsible not for the telescope but for the clarity of the lenses of a telescope? And for your reading glasses? And he didn't work for ADM!;-) I am amazed with all of the accomplishments of this man - who was identified, appropriately, as the most influential person in history. His contributions include math (found a mathematical approach to proving the orbits of the planets around the sun), science (he really didn't 'discover' gravity, rather he proved it), astrono [...]

    • Thus far, this is the closest book I have read on Isaac Newton about his extremely dark, creepy, misanthropic soul! This dude's inner life is scary and I love it! I can so relate to it! To be born such a genius--to get a view of life so young that no one on his little farm can possibly understand--was his impetus in the search for meaning 'cause it sure wasn't apparent in the society he inhabited! In order for him to feel anything remotely representing a life of meaning--he had to discover the g [...]

    • A biography which lays out Newton in an unflattering manner, and describes in great detail his shortcomings. However, you also get a sense of what facilitated this man's great discoveries (calculus most namely) and his publications (Principia). The only aspect preventing me from giving this 5 stars is the occurrence every 50 pages or so of dedicating a page or two to repeating almost verbatim an introduction to a topic as the book closed on said topic rather than summing up what was just describ [...]

    • This book, like promised in the beginning, does show some negative sides to Isaac Newton, but it does not dwell on them. Although I have not read any of Isaac Newton's other biographies to make a comparison, I feel that "The Last Sorcerer" was fair and humanized the man. I still came away with a greater appreciation for Isaac Newton and his work. The Last Sorcerer also gives good insight to the Royal Society of the late 1600s and early 1700s. It is incredible the amount of scientific progress th [...]

    • Anyone interested enough in the life of Isaac Newton to devote years to researching and writing about it, especially to bring to light one of the more unexplored aspects of his work, is all right in my book. White's writing is straightforward, easily understood, perhaps in need of a bit of flair in the vein of Stacy Shiff or Deborah Harkness. This was published in 1997, however, in the days before the lively novelistic style met, fell in love with, and eventually married dry old historical nonfi [...]

    • After reading about Paracelsus, I re-read this book on Newton. I think the most fascinating thing that comes from reading this and other books about the beginnings of modern science, is that it was borne out of alchemy. We tend to look back on history and judge its famous and infamous figures through the lense of Modernity. Better to let history speak for itself. White does a good job of placing Newton in his times.

    • I fished this book out of the discard pile at our middle school library. Turns out I should have left it there. Dry as dust, based largely on the (not always supported) conjecture of the author and with a questionable thesis at best. Of course the biggest question I have is - What nimrod thought this was a good book for a middle school library in the first place? I like history, and I like science, and even I thought this was boring.

    • In my opinion, Michael White has written an excellent, well researched biography of one of our greatest scientists. He explains in detail how Isaac Newton had a troubled childhood and how this may have adversely affected his personality in later life, leading him to be very secretive, trusting few people and disliking criticism, and resulting in him being reticent to publish his theories. His Principia, for example, was twenty years in the making and when it was published it was in Latin and del [...]

    • I didn't really know what to expect from Newton's life. I had thought, in a hazy way, it followed a simple pattern of five years genius, 50 years crazy alchemy and paranoia. The theme of this book though is that the science, the occultism, and the religious mania can't really be separated and actually fed one another.Newton was notoriously anti-social as a young man, and if he'd stayed the same all his life it would have been kind of a painful read. But there's a surprising development of charac [...]

    • White has biographied several influential men of science. He looks at a lot of primary material and writes extensively about multiple facets of his subjects' lives. However, as somebody who has read a lot of academic writing lately, I feel that some of White's claims about Newton's character and motivations are unfounded or at least not properly documented. They're really neat and plausible ideas, but they're more disputable than White seems to allow. Oh well. Excerpt for my own notes: "Accordin [...]

    • It seems like biographies are divided into those that place the person at quasi-demigod status and those that are trying to debunk that idea in light of new evidence or difference of opinion etc. If I had to put this book into one of those two categories it would be the latter type. It was a well written and well researched book but I felt like a lot of the book was trying to show how horrible of a person Newton was or how he was possibly homosexual based on the premise that he had a male roomma [...]

    • This book was amazing. It was readable even though I know very little about the subject and his experiments. I skipped a few paragraphs where the writing was too technical but I learned so much about Newton and the times in which he lived. I had no idea so many changes occured in such a short time and how some of his theories have held up to this day.

    • I loved this! Sir Isaac was a real piece of work, and his character is at least as fascinating as his discoveries. And, best part, no equations! Science without the numbers. Perfect for a math-phobe like me.

    • Norwegian version. Interesting about Newton. A lot of interesting facts that I was previously unaware, like his life long disputes with Robert Hooke, Leibniz, and others.

    • Quite enjoyed it. Gave more depth to the man Isaac Newton was than the general history and science books. Read this back in 2004

    • Of what I read, it seemed a good and well written work. I just ran out of time, got busy and it was due back at the library. Perhaps I'll recheck it and finish it, but I'm not sure.

    • Perhaps not the most scholarly biography ever, but I was looking for something that emphasized Newton's experience with alchemy and occult type things for my research, and this will do.

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