Isaac the Alchemist

Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd

A true story of Isaac Newton’s boyhood suggests an education owing as much to magic as science.

By Mary Losure Read by Steven Crossley Biographies & Memoirs / Children's Nonfiction / Outdoors & Nature / Science English, Unabridged 2h 37m Sell Sheet
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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.

"...the author adds details from history and from her understanding of human behavior that make this splendid story both convincing and accessible to her readers...Narrative nonfiction at its best and most convincing." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Losure adeptly presents the complex subjects of chemistry, math, and physics, along with alchemy-related excellent addition to reinforce lessons on how to find and use primary sources. Losure has written a volume that both informs and excites. Highly recommended for middle school science biography sections." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"Perhaps even more impressive than her re-creation of Newton's world, however, is her re-creation of the man himself-or rather, the boy who became the man-without embellishing the historical record with speculation and conjecture. Thus, the reader is left with the bare facts of Newton's life-his difficult and troubled childhood, his prodigious talent at Cambridge, his prickly and reclusive nature, and his famous Laws of Motion-but more importantly, Losure has communicated his very essence, recalling Albert Einstein's assertion that 'imagination is more important than knowledge.'" - Horn Book, Starred Review

"In this charming biography of Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Losure (Wild Boy) posits that 'this last sorcerer-this greatest of all alchemists-was the same man who banished magic from the scientific world.'...Period images and afterwords with curiosity-spiking headings such as 'Stinks, Bangs & More Chymical Secrets' bring additional depth and interest to this study of Newton's surprising pursuits." - Publishers Weekly

"Listeners can almost see the twinkle in Crossley's eyes as he reads from preposterous medicinal concoctions of the time and from Newton's list of his own boyhood sins - such as making pies on Sunday. Newton's scientific contributions cannot be overstated." - AudioFile

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner; School Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2017 - Awards

"...Crossley's rich voice effectively portrays the life of Sir Isaac Newton." - Booklist