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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, but not a light read., 12 Jun 2011
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I've just finished this amazing book. As I am in the lucky position to be a room guide at his birthplace, I wanted to find out more detail about the man and his life after he left Woolsthorpe. It's known to be the 'hardest read' of the biographies that are currently available, but I only found this out when I'd reached page 280!

The detail in this book is overwhelming at times, and I struggled to understand the descriptions of the scientific theory (not being a scientist), but the biographical aspect is quite astonishing in its' depth and, sometimes, in the leap of the authors imagination. There is a great deal of speculation, which is written immaculately, but is still not evidenced. I don't believe some of the detail would stand up in a modern court! It's to be expected, as the great man died a long time ago, but still - take the facts where they are and take the speculation with a pinch of salt. I have done.

However, I thought it was an incredible read and I have found it to be very thorough and well written. The depth of research is obvious, as is the passion of the author for the subject. There is more to know about Sir Isaac Newton and I'm looking forward to continuing my studies. Hopefully my next read will be as enlightening and enthusiastic as this has been. It has brought a whole new level of appreciation of the place where he was born and I have many tales to tell the visitors that visit.
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