Isaac the Alchemist

Isaac the Alchemist

Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763670634
Branch Call Number: jB Newton, Isaac LOS
Characteristics: 163 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Aug 22, 2018

This is a fantastic book written by Mary Losure. The book reveals the life of one of the greatest scientists to ever live: Sir Isaac Newton. It moves along at a perfect pace, allowing readers to learn a lot about the phases of Newton’s life, which include his childhood and upbringing, teenage years, life in university, and his later years as a scientist. As a young boy from a very average household, Newton took such a keen interest in understanding how the world works. He had a different nature and signs of great intelligence from the start. This book shows how these characteristics were developed over time, which led him to make amazing discoveries that changed the world forever. There are also many diagrams of some of his notes and mechanisms at the time. I would give the book 4.5 stars.
- @Riveting_Reviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW 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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