Isaac the Alchemist

Isaac the Alchemist

Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2017, ©2017
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763670634
Branch Call Number: J 530. 092 NEW L
Characteristics: 163 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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martha_w Mar 19, 2017

This was a really awesome biography of Isaac Newton, accessible to kids while interesting enough to easily hold this adult's attention. The illustrations liberally peppered throughout the book made it extra fascinating -- I read this in one sitting and was totally intrigued from start to finish.

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