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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099287382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099287384
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"A terrific piece of work ... this is a wonderfully writerly book, never less than elegant in construction and execution" (Marcus Berkmann Spectator)

"Written in splendidly elastic prose, each sentence a springboard for the next, it provides a concise, fair and highly readable biography of a singular genius" (Nigel Hawkes The Times)

"Beautifully written and engaging" (Allan Chapman BBC History)

"Ackroyd has a fine eye for the intimate, thorny details that breathe life into biographies" (Herald)

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The third brilliant short biography in Peter Ackroyd's Brief Lives. Newton is a companion volume to Chaucer and Turner.

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This GOOD book ought to be made compulsory in all foreign and English speaking schools. Should this masterpiece fail to serve to inspire the young. Nothing will. Far better than Wind In The Willows. For crying out loud. This is Englands birthright condensed into just under 200 pages. Forgive all scholars claims regarding his secretive darkside. Merely the price Newton had to pay for his genius. He was only one man. Something had to give. It was his ability to create the maths that put him head and shoulders above all. The greatest genius of all time by a once in a life time author. If Newton said the Apple fell on his head. You better believe it. There aint enough stars in the universe to tag to this review.

I conclude with: Newton Knew
"How else could he make the tools".
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A very readable short biography of a giant of a man. Peter Ackrod seems particularly good at this genre of book. Ver enjoyable
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